After dalliances with jazz at the start of this century, Lee Aaron now continues in the rock vein with which she launched her career 40 years ago. Well, almost.
Not far into opener Rock Bottom Revolution you begin to hope that she missed the memo that suggested artists put the album’s best track first. The next song has you worried that she did. The Devil U Know gets things back on a rockier track, but really these 10 songs are underwhelming at best.
It sounds crisp and clear (no doubt thanks to Mike Fraser’s role as recording and mix engineer), but it’s all way too poppy, pedestrian and lyrically puerile.
On the plus side, Aaron’s voice is still good, and easily strong enough to carry a tune – witness the soppy ballad Red Dress. The problem is writing a song that can be passed off as anything other than a pop song in leather trousers.