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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British rock band features a guest appearance from Kesha and was produced by Butch Walker and Sam Hollander.
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  1. 90
    Like all great albums, it reminds you of everything that made you fall in love with this crazy thing called rock’n’roll in the first place.
  2. Q Magazine
    Oct 25, 2018
    80
    What could be desperate instead dazzles, thanks to a combination of shiny pop smarts, hands-aloft anthemics and, in the case of Freddie Mercury-alike singer Luke Spiller, the kind of unembarrassable charisma they rarely manufacture any more. [Dec 2018, p.114]
  3. Kerrang!
    Oct 25, 2018
    80
    Thankfully, the band approached this follow-up with exactly the same extravagant, OTT mindset that made Everybody Wants such a riot. [Oct 27 2018, p.53]
  4. Oct 29, 2018
    80
    Self-aware and unrepentant, the Struts succeed where other artists who look to the past often fail, in large part because, like the Darkness before them, they possess both pop smarts and considerable amounts of moxie.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    70
    “Kiss This” was the band’s first notable achievement, and their second LP advances the notion that maybe ignoring the last 30 or 40 years of pop trends isn’t the best approach.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    70
    While the ten songs that follow aren’t quite as arresting, there are still plenty of earworms to be found.
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  1. Feb 9, 2019
    8
    If you tell people you like Europe, you sometimes get this little pitying smile and a comment like “glam, really?” Yes really. It’s not justIf you tell people you like Europe, you sometimes get this little pitying smile and a comment like “glam, really?” Yes really. It’s not just one of the major influences for my favorite flavor of metal, it’s actually great fun in and of itself. And, as The Struts prove, it’s also far from just a relic of the 80s. The British rockers are coming out with their second album later this month and you better watch out for this one.

    These guys combine the swagger and musical prowess of Queen with a hint of alternative 90s rock and tinge the whole thing with just the right amount of pop. The result is a classic sound that sounds contemporary. And really good. My personal favorite is the opening track, “Body Talks” – an uncompromisingly fun little number that demands only one thing from its audience: dance.

    Young & Dangerous is surprisingly varied. After the first three high energy tracks one might be forgiven to think that they’ve got this band pegged. And then comes “Bulletproof Baby”, dominated by a mid-tempo beat and vocals that sound almost like The Struts just switched singers one third into the album.

    And that’s just the first step in changing it all up. By the end of the record, the band oscillates between paying tribute to Queen, conjuring up The Offspring, and doing whatever they feel like in between. And after a beautiful closer in “Ashes (Part 2)”, they throw in a second version of “Body Talks”, duetting the song with Kesha. And it just works. That goes for both the pop singer’s engagement in a song that could have easily taken her too far into uncharted territory and for the album as a whole. Hugely entertaining, experimental here and there and just refreshing and familiar in perfect intervals, Young & Dangerous is right up the alley of those who like glam but aren’t stuck in the past.
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