DIRTY DOGS

"No Regrets" (RecordJet; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"No Regrets" is an album that expertly (or perhaps inadvertently) blends hard rock with a punk rock edge that makes for interesting listening from beginning to end.

Loaded with classic riffs that you've heard a million times elsewhere (from everybody from KISS to Rancid) "No Regrets" shoulders its way through ten irresistible tracks with a rough-edged attitude and solos with a killer guitar tone. It may not light your hair on fire but it comes close.

This is one of those albums that sounds better the louder you turn it up, especially when the raunchy solos are ripping through your sound system.

My favorite tracks are the first track, "Screwed and Tattooed" with its simple bluesy riff, the Ramones-ish "Bad Luck" and "Burn It Down" with its sing-a-long chorus.

I only wish "No Regrets" had a little more oomph, a little more heaviness. But that's not the kind of record this is, and I get that. It works the way it is and that really is enough.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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