Rockland by Katzenjammer. Sounds like a particularly grisly German heavy metal album, doesn’t it? Strictly for teenage boys for whom Napalm Death are “a bit too mainstream”.
In fact Katzenjammer are an all-female quartet from Oslo and Rockland is a joyous and uplifting record. Touching upon country, pop, folk and Americana, it’s a glorious stew of guitars, fiddles and outstanding vocals which all can and should enjoy.
It’s hugely varied and massively entertaining. It begins like a soundtrack for a cool line-dance night but just when you think you’ve got them nailed as some kind of new country act comes the superb electro-pop of Oh My God, before the tone shifts again with the Noah and the Whale like My Own Tune. And if, as tunes go, the lilting title track is tough to beat then the touching jig that is My Dear pushes it close.
Refreshingly lacking in pretension, Rockland could and should make the Katzenjammer girls rich and famous outside their native Norway. Don’t let it pass you by.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh