I have always liked The Treatment, especially as a live act. They always come out all guns blazing and win the audience quickly. With their 5th album Waiting For Good Luck they demonstrate a real ability for writing quality, sleazy, hard rock n roll and sound as hungry as ever. Above all it is a really upbeat fun album that is truly enjoyable to listen to.
The album begins in true style with the rock n roll anthem Rat Race. It is obvious right from the beginning that we are deep in sleaze territory, think Crazy Lyxx, Shy, Ratt and Lynch Mob. Tom Rampton’s vocals demonstrate a powerful hard rock rasp and the guitar work could easily be Warren DeMartini giving the whole track a confident swagger. Take It Or Leave It is similarly covered in sleazy rock n roll hooks and is sure to be a live favourite and dancefloor filler. It sounds very glam and has an almost marching beat, a great song for letting your inhibitions go.
Lightning In A Bottle has a driving Joe Perry style riff and smooth melodic vocals. At times it is reminiscent of Winger but with enough Bulletboys to keep with the albums cocksure attitude. A great drinking song to shuffle along to. With the fast tempoed Vampress, The Treatment belt out another rocker, think of Junkyard, Tygers Of Pan Tang and L.A. Guns. This is when the listener realises that the album does not let up and is actually building up speed.
It gets hard and heavier with Eyes On You, a song that is full of attitude. The rhythm section of guitarist Tagore Grey and drummer Dhani Mansworth are at ease with each other after well over a decade of playing together and the newer members have been given permission to fully let rip. Almost like Krokus meets Dirty Shirly. No Way There is a wonderful bluesy shuffle. It has elements of Thunder, Britny Fox and ZZ Top and is a lovely way to end Side One.
Devil In The Detail has a Rudolf Schenker style riff and sounds like authentic mid 1980’s hard AOR. The band oozes confidence as they claim “we all love a little bit of good time rock n roll”. It is a great continuation of the party hard rock we are getting used to and leads into the diverse Tough Kid with its AC/DC like riff. This song has everything; melody, bluesy hooks, it is hard, soft and epic and at times is reminiscent of both FM and Dirty White Boy. A track that gets better with each listen.
Hold Fire builds up speed in true Treatment style. It is a real tongue in cheek rocker in the vein of Black Aces and Massive. Barman in contrast is a fun, cool, slow, jazzy number reminiscent of David Lee Roth. A real drinking song that also has elements of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mott The Hoople and The Faces; which adds some real diversity to the album.
The three word chant-along penultimate track, Let’s Make Money is accomplished 1980’s style rock in the vein of Krokus and Slaughter. By the time we get to the last song we realise there is no ballad on this album, that is not what Waiting For Good Luck is about. Wrong Way is classy A.O.R. that takes its stylings from Dare and the first two Bon Jovi albums with a little bit of added Gun. This closing song is the closest to their seminal Running With The Dogs album and should please old and new fans alike.
A fact that is also worthy of a mention is that all twelve tracks are between 3.14 – 4.13 minutes long. This is the sound of a band that is still hungry and more than ever want to produce totally authentic good time rock with hulking riffs and memorable choruses. This is a band that is truly firing on all cylinders and the album comes out just in time for the much needed return of live music.
The Treatment headline The Call Of The Wild festival, Lincoln, UK in July
Waiting For Good Luck is released on 09.04.2001
- Rat Race
- Take It Or Leave It
- Lightning In A Bottle
- Eyes On You
- No Way Home
- Devil In The Detail
- Tough Kid
- Hold Fire
- Let’s Make Money
- Wrong Way
- Tom Rampton – Vocals
- Dhani Mansworth – Drums
- Tagore Grey – Guitars
- Tao Grey – Guitar and Bass Guitar