D-A-D – “A Prayer For The Loud”

Label: AFM Records

Rating: 9/10

Review: Dawn Osborne

It has taken D-A-D eight years to come back with their twelfth studio album, but the good news is that it was very much worth the wait. I loved this album and overall it’s probably my favourite out of everything they’ve done, even though, of course, I am a fan of the early albums as well.

Jesper Binzer’s distinctive tones are still at the helm and very much in evidence in fast paced opener ‘Burning Star’, as is this band’s irrepressible energy that you may remember from ‘Bad Craziness’. ‘A Prayer for the Loud’ rocks hard contrasted with a more bluesy verse and still has a streak of insanity when they let loose in the chorus, especially when they  ‘pray for the screeeeeeeamers’. ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ has an unusual insistent riff and like all the songs on the album gets under your skin and is deceptively catchy. ‘The Sky is Made of Blues’ is a more laid back track with more of a vibe like Dire Straits, but this is very much with a twist. ‘Bless My Crazy Heart cos that’s the Real Me’ is a lyric that most people with a wild heart in a modern society can identify with and yet in the same song the lyric ‘cos everything’s connected on this earth’ exhibits a wisdom to the lyrics that would not be exhibited by a younger band. There’s still a never get old, youthful spirit about the material though, like ‘No Doubt About It’ which has a slightly punkier sound with its singalong a chorus. Jesper still gets a few primal screams into this truly rock n roll song.

A Drug For the Heart’ is a love song ballad full of rich and poetic comparisons, but with Jesper’s edgy vocal it’s not at all saccharine and is a poignant cri de coeur that all of us can identify with whether we have found love or not. It has the most beautiful soulful guitar work from Jacob Binzer. Eccentric bassist Stig with his cornucopia of crazy shaped bass guitars apparently always contributes heavily to lyrics which are not unsurprisingly off the wall. ‘Musical Chairs’ picks up the pace again with a Motörhead inspired full tilt rocker. ‘Time is a Train’ is a slice of heavy blues with an onomatopoeic chugging rhythm and old time whistle train noises, but Jacob does not lose the chance to also pack in some blistering guitar. ‘Happy Days in Hell’ is illustrative of their unusual take in songs and I love the different lyrics like ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you interesting’ which also make intelligent observations about life. ‘If the World Just’ is an existential and reflective end to the album with more great guitar.

Having started out as a band that combined rock with punk, they are a band that combines rock with blues on this album in a delicious mix that has reignited my enthusiasm for these quirky Danes.

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