Diamond Dogs - Quitters & Complainers (Livewire/Cargo Records)

A new album from Diamond Dogs? You'll get no complaining from me!
Release Date: 
13 Aug 2015 - 11:30pm

Midway through the fourth track on Diamond Dogs latest album, Quitters and Complainers, the superbly ragged Broken, you find yourself thinking ‘christ on a bike, why have this band never become huge’?

It’s a valid question, although the band, whose music undoubtedly lends itself to steaming, packed-out clubs rather than antiseptic arenas and soulless stadia, are probably quite happy where they are so there’s almost certainly no harm done. They certainly sound comfortable on Quitters, anyway…

It’s the sort of comfort lent by a favoured old jacket or shirt – Broken ploughs a well-worn furrow, that’s for sure, with it’s woozy Faces style, but when guitarist Neil Larsson's unleashes a beautiful, Ron Wood-style solo midway through the track you snuggle into that favourite garment a bit deeper and afford yourself a contented smile. It’s familiar, all right, but there’s beauty in the familiar all the same.

Silver Star Delight is similarly classy, whilst the excellent Back to Babylon takes this correspondent back to the cowboy-booted days of London’s West End in the eighties with it’s Casino Steel-styled raunch. Black Ribbons (For Magic) is another highlight, featuring some beautiful work on the keys from Henrik Widen that brings to mind the glory days of keyboardists like Ian Stewart and Ian MacLagen.

Ten albums in, Diamond Dogs aren’t looking to set the world on fire, and Q&C sits very neicely at the top end of their canon as one of their most satisfying albums. If you haven’t heard any of the band’s other work, then you’re in luck, as this album comes complete with a seventy-minute live album, entitled Let’s Have It… Live in Bilbao, which features the band firing on all cylinders in their natural habitat in front of a crowd of noisily appreciative Spaniards and features classic DD compositions such as Auto Pilot and On the Sunny Side Again delivered in storming fashion, and guaranteed to have you salivating at the thought of mining a little deeper into the back catalogue of this most underrated of bands.