The Dirty Strangers – West 12 To Wittering (8/10)

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So what does it take to get Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood to cameo on your album? Perhaps it’s simply that Keef and Ronnie recognise a bloody good rock band when they hear one? Listening to this, The Dirty Strangers’ first LP since 1993 but none the less vital for it, it certainly seems that way.

Add to that the fact that Alan Clayton’s whisky soaked London-via-Memphis voice frequently recalls Joe Strummer’s (perhaps no surprise given Clayton’s punk roots and obvious love of classic rock’n’roll), and you have an album that is ragged, jagged, fun, and very good.

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