Flipside Reviews – Side A :: Danko Jones – Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue

There’s something very unappealing about the latest offering from Toronto based trio, Danko Jones. Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue comes off as an album put together by an bored, sex crazed musician, ten years past his expired date. Musically this album is filled with 3 chord songs, which feature childish, uninspired

guitar solos. Lyrically, this album falls so far away from half decent, that I’m sure an 8 year old could have come up with something better.

“Get Up”, gives us “You don’t give a shit when you’ve got the biggest stick, But when she grabs me by the belt there’s nothing I can do.” On “I Don’t Care”, Jones lets the listener know that the only thing he cares about is knowing if a chick is into him (he really doesn’t appear to care about anything at all, according to this song). “Legs”, is another gem on this album, which as you can guess is about a woman’s legs. In it he professes “The longer they get, the more foolish I get in the head. Legs, legs – the longer they get, the more stupider I’m in the end.”

After listening to the first four songs, I was hoping things would change, but unfortunately I was wrong. Jones might have been able to churn out a hit or two in the past, but there doesn’t appear to be any kind of saving grace on this album.

All in all Jones should be pleased that he was able to make some money back in the early 2000’s. If he had to lean heavy on this album as a money maker, you’d probably be able to catch him flipping burgers at the local McDonalds, just to help pay for his sex filled nights at the local clubs.

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Jeff is one-fourth of the group that makes up HAFILAX. His usual ramblings can be read right here on the website. If reading isn't your thing, he also hosts the Basement Tapes podcast.