|Bang Tango Ready To Go||Shrapnel Records|
This is a pretty good album, but is does somewhat struggle to find an identity and doesn't always compare musically to what the Bang Tango name represented.|
It's only definite link with that of the band who released their last studio album 10 years ago is the very talented singer Joe Leste.
Bang Tango 2004 is a different beast than the band they were in the early 1990's. Only Leste remains from the Dancing On Coals line-up – an album that saw the band teeter on the edge of mainstream success. Since then there was only 1994's Love After Death and the odd compilation released.
Leste has more recently gathered acclaim for his role in the new band Beautiful Creatures – an album that featured an updated and more straight ahead hard rock sound.
This album is not purely Bang Tango, nor is it Beautiful Creatures. Rather it is a mix of both and perhaps something different again.
The line-up for this album features vocalist Leste along with fellow Beautiful Creatures guitarist Anthony Focx – who incidentally does a good job on the material provided.
As stated at the start of the review, the album at times finds itself searching for an identity. I had heard that several tracks from the planned second BC album were used on this release and that makes perfect sense.
Half of Ready To Go features Leste's Bon Scott inspired vocals driving home AC/DC riffs reminiscent of the Beautiful Creatures release.
There's only a small taste of the funky blues & sleaze of the band's classic sound – best represented here by I Came To See You and It Ain't Easy.
The other half of the album is a mellower hybrid of Tango and Creatures.
The ballad Rainy Day and the albums mellower closing sequence of The Most Important Thing, Tell Me and Carry On all have the hallmarks of LA sleaze, but remind me more of Faster Pussycat than early Bang Tango.
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