The great thing about this job is that I never know where the next great album is going to come from. This one comes from Spain, but it sounds like it comes from the late 70s.
My first reaction to this was that I have to share this with my four-year-old son, who is a huge fan of AC/DC. No, I'm not kidding. Sometimes I hear music and I just know I have to share it with him. '77 is as fitting a name for a band as I've every heard. This band is steeped in the hard rock of the late 70's, particularly Bon Scott-era AC/DC. It plays the same brand of fast-paced rock n roll that AC/DC has been playing for four decades now. And '77 is just as heavy on the guitar riffs as AC/DC.
The first sort of curveball on the album is "Jazz It Up." Mind you, this is still a rockin' tune, but it leans a lot more toward groove rock than the hard-rocking songs that precede it. The groove continues at the beginning of the next song, "Stay Away from Water." This song has an intro that sounds like front-porch blues before it moves on to the rock n roll you experienced in the preceding songs.
This is another album that begs to be played at ridiculously loud volumes. If you grew up with the rock of the 70s and you wonder where all the real rock n roll bands have gone, wonder no longer. '77 delivers fat slabs of rock n roll that will immediately put you in a time machine and take you back to a time when rock music truly rocked.