Friday, January 7, 2022

The Drolls - That Puget Sound LP - Blue Vinyl

The Drolls - That Puget Sound LP - Blue Vinyl

Snappy Little Numbers (2022)

Merry New Year.  When I start writing about records each January, it’s rare that I’m not playing catch up on records from the prior year or discussing records I got for Christmas.  We’ll get to those, but amazingly enough, the first write up of 2022 is about a record that’s coming out in 2022. Today in fact. It’s The Drolls.

I have to start by pointing out that Denny and Josh were in Sicko and Julie was in Chinchilla.  Sicko is one of my all time favorite bands, which makes Denny one of my all time favorite songwriters. Now, several decades after the last Sicko album, we get a full length album from The Drolls. No surprise…it’s excellent.

While I wouldn’t The Drolls sound exactly like the Denny Sicko songs, I can't imagine anyone not liking this if they did like Sicko.  If these songs came out on a theoretical fifth Sicko album a couple of years after You Are Not The Boss of Me, I don't think I would have batted an eyelash.  These really feel like the direction Denny was already starting to go on that last Sicko album.  It's kind of a stupid thing to say, but all I really want to get across is that these sound like Denny songs.  Maybe a little bit more melodic, although the pace is still very upbeat and fun. Oddly enough, the slowest thing on this album is probably a redone version of an old Sicko song (“Rehashed: Rehashed”).

Everything on here is just great.  From the second that the opening ripper "Getting Old" takes off, through the chunky guitar riffs of "Worse Things" to what is probably my personal favorite, "Bad Ear."  And oh yes, I am for sure giving extra points for the reference to the title of one of my top three Sicko songs.  2021 wasn't the best for music though there was a late blast of great records that saved the year.  If this Drolls record is a sign of what's to come in 2022, this is going to be a hell of a year for new music.  Had it come out in 2021, there's a good chance That Puget Sound would have topped my album list last year.  Here's to 2022.

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