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Rooster fail to impress on debut album

The first time I listened to this album I found myself tuning out and mentally switching off before the first song had even come to an end. Opening track 'Joy Ride' is predictable and feels like a waste of three minutes and twenty three seconds of my life. Second track and debut single, 'Come Get Some', starts off equally dull, yet the catchy chorus (if not entirely original) makes for a more enjoyable listen. The song also managed to reach number seven on the charts, proving that their guitar-pop-by-'numbers is likely to launch the band into the sort of arenas their influences, including The Stones and Led Zeppelin, are used to.

After the first song, the album steadily improves. Technically, they are a good band. Competent on their instruments, their downfall is their lack of originality and that nearly all the songs sound pretty much the same. The album is a mixture of catchy pop songs tinged with classic rock 'n' roll and powerful ballads, such as second single 'Staring At The Sun'.

Although this album is nothing special, 'Rooster' is not a bad album Ė there are some pretty good songs on this album, stand out tracks including 'Platinum Blind' and 'She Donít Make Me Feel'. Although their accessible pop-rock is unlikely to appeal to fans of more credible bands (after appearing on programs such as CD:UK, it is doubtful that fans of underground acts are going to give Rooster much of a chance), they are going to be huge, and this debut album is a good way to start off what will probably be a long career near the top.