Watts are back. Guess what? They still sound like Watts. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Watts have their sound and they’re sticking to it. On The Dial is well rounded power pop with its roots in good old fashioned rock n’ roll.
The album opens with the one-two punch of “On The Dial” and “Chaperone”. Dan Kopko’s gruff voice tears through the mix with conviction. “Afterburn” and “Time To Give The Devil His Due”, the latter sung by drummer John Lynch, get a healthy charge of AC/DC. “Girls On Holiday” has a Phil Spector vibe (maybe it’s the guitar line nicked from “Then He Kissed Me”). Do I hear a guiro in “Dancehall Days & Nights”? I’m a sucker for a good guiro part. Guitarist John Blout takes a vocal turn on the hooky “She Wants To Rock”. Craig LaPointe’s lead vocals on “Don’t Mind” help to add a bit of variety late in the proceedings. The scathing “Fight Song” is the most aggressive Watts tune to date.
On The Dial is another solid effort from Watts. I expected nothing less.
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