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Hanoi Rocks - Street Poetry

  by Peter Allison

published: 21 / 9 / 2007

Hanoi Rocks - Street Poetry
Label: Demolition Records
Format: CD


Diverse rock with attitude on latest album from the every durable Hanoi Rocks

Hanoi Rocks are on fantastic form with their latest album, 'Street Poetry'. Band members are the original Mike Monroe and Andy McCoy, with Lacu, Conny Bloom, and Andy "AC" Christell. I have always admired the way that each Hanoi Rocks studio album builds on from the previous, like an unfolding life story, yet always exploring new musical and lyrical territory. Fans will pick up on several subtle references to earlier songs. For example only a few lines into the album are the lyrics “Motorvatin my way through life”; whilst in the third track 'Fashion' a little bit of the classic melody from 'Cheyenne' is cleverly weaved into the new track. It has always been difficult to categorise Hanoi Rocks, because they experiment with so many different music styles. They have roots in classic rock with glam influence, but some of their songs sound very punky, others are jazz influenced, some are ballads, others are heavy. What makes Hanoi so special is that they do so many styles, whilst always retaining their own unique distinctive sound. The variety on this album is no exception. I particularly like the oriental style of 'Fumblefoot And Busy Bee', the last track on this album. If you are already a Hanoi Rocks fan, you will love this album. If you haven’t listened to them before, and you like rock with attitude, give this album a go!

Track Listing:-
1 Hypermobile
2 Street Poetry
3 Fashion
4 Highwired
5 Power Of Persuation
6 Teenage Revolution
7 Worth Your Weight In Gold
8 Transcendental Groove
9 This One's For Rock'N'Roll
10 Powertrip
11 Walkin' Away
12 Tootin' Star
13 Fumblefoot And Busy Bee

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