After 55 years in the business, Suzi Quatro is showing no signs of giving up her “First Lady of Rock” crown just yet. With the release of her new album “No Control” she is certainly proving she has still got what it takes.
The album was preceded by the first single “No Soul/No Control” on February 15th. An extensive tour taking in Australia, The UK, and Germany, will see Suzi promoting the album live. At the time of going to print, she will be coming to the end of the UK dates.
The album contains 11 new tracks (plus 2 extra on the vinyl version), mostly written in collaboration with her son, Richard Tuckey. Written in the summer of 2018 in England, the album contains a mix of styles which come together well.
Opening track, and lead single “No Soul/No Control” is a great introduction. A full-on Suzi rocker, with some great keyboard, it contains the message ‘don’t let go of yourself for anyone’ – a message that Suzi has certainly stuck to here.
“Going Home” follows, and has a very catchy, bluesy feel to it, with some nice harmonica and more Hammond keyboard to add to the track.
“Strings” is then telling us about the strings that tie our lives together. It’s a mix of pop, blues and rock rolled in together, but works well. A great horn arrangement adds to the flow too.
“Love Isn’t Fair” is another cross-over mix:- imagine Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” meeting The Mavericks “Dance The Night Away” and you’ve got it! It doesn’t sound like it should work, but it certainly does.
The next track, “Macho Man” grabs you from the start with a classic riff and gets you banging your head to it. It has a classic Suzi feel to it, and could have come straight out of the 70’s. It’s no surprise that this has been used to open the gigs!
“Easy Pickings” has been in Suzi’s head for a long time, having played the riff on acoustic for years. The resulting song here is another bluesy number, with some more harmonica and nice piano work used to great effect.
Starting with a piano intro, “Bass Line” follows, and is a more mellow number, and as you would expect has Suzi showing what she does best.
“Don’t Do Me Wrong” was the first song written for the album, and is another driving, blues fuelled number with some great riffs.
“Heavy Duty” features some great sax, reminiscent of Clarence Clemons, and a full horn blast to drive this track along. It’s a rocking dancer of a song, and sure to go down well live.
“I can Teach You To Fly” takes us back to the sixties, with a real Kinks style feel to it. Ray Davies would be proud of this song – you can’t help but nod your head to it.
The last track on the CD version is “Going Down Blues”. This does exactly what it says on the tin – a full on blues track with snatchy lyrics and a sing-along chorus. Some great guitar adds to the mix to finish the album on a high and leave you wanting more – which you will get if you buy the vinyl!