Phil Rudd has, of course, spent most of the last 20-odd years as drummer for one of the world’s most enduring rock’n’roll acts. His solo album definitely has elements of AC/DC to it, an influence you would expect after spending so much time in the band, but very much retains his own personality throughout, with a bit of a Kiwi feel too.
All songs were written together with his band of guitarist Geoffrey Martin and co-vocalist Allan Badger. The opening title track is a very catchy rock song, balanced with gang vocals that will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day, while later in the album No Right has a vibe very reminiscent of Phil Collins, which I also found addictive.
Extending the solo project thing, Rudd also recorded and engineered most the album at his own studio in the hills north of Tauranga, with Hayden Taylor engineering and mastering four tracks at York Street Studios. The mixing is surprisingly a let down, making it hard to hear the vocals and even lead guitar on some tracks – though the drums are consistently up of course. That aside Phill Rudd reveals himself to be a good songwriter in his own right and I’ll be grabbing a copy of his next release.