Music: Bounce at the Devil by Republic of Loose * * *
Recorded in Baltimore, the Dublin outfit's fourth album blends a myriad of influences -- from plastic soul to the sort of "big hair" rock of the 80s -- and the results are mixed.
Mick Tierney -- aka frontman Johnny Pyro -- remains the best thing about the group, and his cocksure attitude simply oozes from the speakers.
He's on fine form on the catchy, attitude-heavy How Is Your Brain? And the urgent Blah Bounce is even better. You could imagine the likes of Robbie Williams having a huge hit with this.
Too often, though, RoL sound like a bad version of Fun Lovin' Criminals, not a happy thought when one considers the paucity of the cartoonish originals.
Burn it: How Is Your Brain?; The Blah Bounce