Review: Airbourne – Black Dog Barking

Rated:

4/5

Simply put, this is Airbourne’s Slippery when Wet. Like Bon Jovi in 1986, the Australian hard rockers have hired a Vancouver-based producer—in this case, Brian Howes (Nickelback), rather than the late Bruce Fairbairn—and added a radio-friendly sheen to their career-defining third studio album. The vintage “Whoa-oh” gang chorus that kicks off “Ready to Rock” shows they’re gunning to dominate arenas. From the anthemic confidence of “Back in the Game” to the speed-metal boogie of “Hungry,” frontman Joel O’Keeffe rasps out memorable, bluesy melodies without sacrificing the AC/DC-inspired passion of 2007’s Runnin’ Wild. LUCAS AYKROYD

Check out “Live It Up” off Black Dog Barking below: