This is the rock and roll record I’ve been promising myself I’d get to writing about in a week where I could find the time. Electric Slave is something really special: A no-frills rock and roll record that excels because there are no frills. I mean, any record that opens up with a track called Skulldiggin is obviously a balls-to-the-wall kinda record.
Of course, if the record was all ball-breaking, that’d be one hell of an assault on the ears. Thankfully, Black Joe Lewis knows how to mix things up and tracks like Come to My Party, a rock track with a groove if I’ve ever heard one, keep things interesting. Really, that’s revealing of the diversity of Black Joe Lewis’ influences. One minute, he’s shredding through back-breaking rock ‘n’ roll, and the next, he’s proving he listened to more than his fair share of The Ramones growing up on The Hipster (which I think is better than most of the stuff The Ramones put out).