Released: Aug 2009
Label: Five Seven Music
Unjustly maligned by rock-hating hipsters since they got born, and unlikely to match their 2003 debut's mega-platinum, these leisure-loving Aussies have settled into life as the sort of album-every-three-years journeymen their licensing profits hopefully allow. They're still plowing familiar Beatles/Stones/garage/glam/boogie ground, trying some tentative ska and allowing a bit too much space for Brit-pop ballads. But whenever their riffy bounce hints at new wave, they click: the Knack-ish "She's a Genius," fast-talked "La Di Da," increasingly heavy "Walk," deftly cowbelled "Start the Show."