Glam rock darlings Tsar finally found home in TVT records for their follow up to the excellent debut on Hollywood records in 2000. When I heard the first single "Straight" from the new album over a year ago,I didn?t know what to think about this band coz they went into a new direction with a more garage rock sounding style and I wasn?t sure that it was the right thing to do for Jeff Whalen and co. However the new album isn?t as garage rock sounding as I expected coz they still have some glam rock tendencies left in their music and this quartet has also taken a rather cool punkish direction. Just listen to the explosive "Wanna get dead" and feel the energy from some dudes who knows how to rock,the last song of the album "You can?t always want what you get" could have been featured on the debut with it?s melodic glam touch. Sure the tracks "Wrong" and "The love explosion" are true garage rockers but both are done in the special Tsar way so what you get is garage-glam instead! The opening track "Startime" is the oldest track and the first one written for the new album which is understable coz it reminds a bit of the songs on the debut. Yeah,there are songs that might feel a bit too much like White Stripes,The Strokes and similar garage rock bands but Tsar has their own style and I can?t help liking them. "Band-Girls-Money" isn?t as good as debut,it?s not even close but give it a few turns in the stereo and you will be charmed.
Melodic Net Comments
I agree with Kaj, this is not even close to their debut.
311 is the police code for indecent exposure in Omaha, Nebraska. The name was erroneously thought to be an allusion to the Ku Klux Klan, and band members have given various other explanations in the past.