Three albums in and Airbourne is still doing what they’re good at and only that: mining the AC/DC riff arsenal for all it’s worth and having more fun doing it than AC/DC themselves have had in forever. There’s no other band doing this remotely as well as these lads, but with two previous albums of copycatting behind them, one could suggest the novelty is starting to wear thin. Except it isn’t. Somehow, after two previous albums that sound almost no different, Airbourne still seem as vital and real as they did when they first emerged out of southern Victoria almost ten years ago. Black Dog Barking is something of a more polished affair than No Guts. No Glory., but in every other respect it offers exactly the same kind of gritty, primal hard rockin’ thud and thunder.
‘Ready to Rock’ announce the band’s intentions as clearly as a nose on a face with a simple, gleeful attack of bare-bones, bare-knuckle riffing and track after track of boozing, babes and rocking out. It’s no frills, no brainer rock n’ roll possessed of a seemingly inexhaustible energy and passion the likes of which AC/DC haven’t had in decades. Music as basic as this is hard to do well and harder to make sound convincing, but Airbourne have the knack and don’t seem to be in danger of losing it anytime soon. Black Dog Barking is pure unadulterated rock n’ roll muscle nailed – right down to the ground.
1. Ready to Rock
3. No One Fits Me (Better Than You)
4. Back in the Game
6. Live it Up
7. Woman Like That
9. Cradle to the Grave
10. Black Dog Barking