The Dirty Streets – Movements [Good for Nothing]
The Dirty Streets are yet to be tagged as the next saviours of rock’n’roll, despite possessing all the relevant traits: a genuine love for all things retro and bluesy, and a vocalist that shares the same soulful aesthetics as Paul Rodgers.
Less explosive than the Black Keys, the Memphis trio is courting the rock-revivalist constituency on their terms; choosing melody and structure over sonic ecstasy. The result is a collection of tracks that are more sophisticated, but no less satisfying. Despite possessing pastoral harmonies, and the narcotic warmth of ‘60s psychedelia, the album’s opener never sounds dated: a statement that is supported by the vibrant guitar bounce of ‘Broke as a Man Can Be’ and the soon-to-be festival sing-a-long of ‘Tryin’ Too Hard’. Breathing exhilarating new life into a familiar genre, Movements is a fantastic release.