21 Oct 2023
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar at 100% Rock Magazine
Itâ€™s actually harder to review a new release when you know the artist, and are an acknowledged fan thereof, so in the interests of full disclosure, letâ€™s get this out of the way: Iâ€™m an unabashed fan of Rose Carleo and her band and have been friends with them for some years now; The cover of this single release is adapted from a photo of them I took a few years ago; This may be the best new hard rock song Iâ€™ve heard this year; and no, Iâ€™m not just saying that because I like them and theyâ€™re my mates.
Line â€˜Em Up isnâ€™t just a great Oz Rock song â€“ itâ€™s a great rock nâ€™ roll song, no matter where itâ€™s from, pure nâ€™ simple.
It starts with an insistent Mick Adkins riff and RCBâ€™s secret weapon: the propulsive rhythm section of Mick Oâ€™Shea and Steve King.
Then thereâ€™s Carleoâ€™s vocals: melted honey dripping through burnt charcoal, simultaneously restrained and impassioned, as emotive as the lovechild of Bon Scott and Janis Joplin on their very own highways to hell, and as powerful as Tina Turner rollinâ€™ down the river.
Talking of powerful, Oâ€™Shea and King never drop their guard for a second â€“ this ainâ€™t no ballad, folks. Line â€˜Em Up hurtles full throttle from start to finish like a jet-propelled sprint car in a rush for the finish line, and it remains lengths ahead of the pack from straight out of the gates, right up until itâ€™s cracking open the big bottle of bubbly on the winnerâ€™s podium.
If you like your rock nâ€™ roll throaty, full flavoured and spicy, shaking a leg and working up a sweat, tune up your air guitar and yep â€“ line those drinks up â€“ because youâ€™ve just found your new favourite.
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