The Amplifier Heads – Rectifier
As is the habit, January is a time to look back on the previous year and see what we may have missed. Seems we made at least one glaring omission. The Amplifier Heads’ Rectifier.
Sal Baglio has to be the hardest working guy in show business (apologies to James Brown). Rectifier is the 4rth Amplifier Heads album in so many years, if my count is correct. Chock full o’ the kind of cultural references that made past albums such as Music for Abandoned Amusement Parks so irresistible, Baglio’s new one may be short in terms of length but it covers a lot of territory.
Nine songs in all, it’s a rock ’n’ roll smorgasbord. From glam to power pop. British Invasion to garage. You can hear it all in under 30 minutes. For those who were too young to remember 70’s radio, Sal gives them a rock ’n’ roll history lesson. For those of us who listened to Cousin Brucie, Richard Neer or any number of old school radio DJs with our transistor radios held to our ears, it’s a fabulously fun trip down memory lane.
“Tape Deck” is a nice blues infused number. The surprisingly good “Monsters” will sneak up on you. That’s if the infectiously clever “Zombie Moon” hasn’t already eaten your brain. Then, there’s the killer of all killer tracks. “Space Cadette”. It reminds me of The Fleshtones at their peak. Hell. I couldn’t stop dancing. My wife had to call the guys in the white coats to come take me away.
They’ll be here any minute. Gotta run.
You can get The Amplifier Heads’ Rectifier at their Bandcamp page. GET IT HERE.