Runnin' Wild

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Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
By Keith CarmanRunniní Wild is one of those situations where a band wears influences on their sleeves so readily and happily that one cannot possibly condemn them for it. Brazenly revisiting High Voltage-era AC/DC via blues-based riffing, raspy vocals and flashy pentatonic solos, Australiaís Airbourne make no bones about coming from the same turf as their heroes. Factoring in slight elements of Judas Priestís Hellbent For Leather years, this is bare-bones rockíníroll that relishes high-energy, straightforward pacing. Runniní Wild doesnít reinvent the wheel, nor does it purport to; it would rather pay homage to how well it already works. If the Darkness hadnít have been such a running gag, they could have had the sincerity, respect and longevity of Airbourne. Then again, because they were, it has left room for these riff-rockers to pick up the slack and show us all what happens when the riffs donít leave space for preening.
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