These Brits have carved their debut full-length out of the bones of bands from the '70s (Thin Lizzy), bands from the '80s (The Black Crowes), and bands that think they were from the '80s (Buckcherry). An utterly uncontemporary mix of blues rock and Sunset Strip sleaze metal, Badlands' songs are entirely decent and thoroughly unremarkable--all nostalgia and no teeth. "Hey, hey, little woman /I'll drag you back to Hell," promises singer Peter Comerford on retrograde-in-every-way opener "Favourite Sin," but he seems too polite to mean it. ALLISON STEWART
Check out "Favourite Sin" from Badlands.