The Datsuns

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Despite the compact-car moniker, this Kiwi combo drives through the cranial wall with all V-8 cylinders blazing -- common sense and economy be damned. Cruder and more purposefully ugly than their "new rock" peers, the Datsuns are as likely to lift material from resin-stained Blue Cheer vinyl as from pristine garage-rock singles. The Motor City air that cloaks "Sittin' Pretty" and "Harmonic Generator" is thick with sludgy riffs that split the difference between Grand Funk in their heyday and a NASCAR race at full throttle. But despite the stoner ephemera, the Datsuns' self-titled debut actually reveals a broad streak of perfectionism, evident in details like the Jon ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Despite the compact-car moniker, this Kiwi combo drives through the cranial wall with all V-8 cylinders blazing -- common sense and economy be damned. Cruder and more purposefully ugly than their "new rock" peers, the Datsuns are as likely to lift material from resin-stained Blue Cheer vinyl as from pristine garage-rock singles. The Motor City air that cloaks "Sittin' Pretty" and "Harmonic Generator" is thick with sludgy riffs that split the difference between Grand Funk in their heyday and a NASCAR race at full throttle. But despite the stoner ephemera, the Datsuns' self-titled debut actually reveals a broad streak of perfectionism, evident in details like the Jon Lord–like organ swirls that hover around "In Love" and the lo-fi vocal swagger that Dolf de Datsun -- like the Ramones, the members all share a surname -- adds to "MF from Hell." The bonus DVD includes video footage of the latter song, as well as clips from "Freeze Sucker" and "Fink for the Man."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Never mind the garage punk, here comes the cock rock revival in the form of New Zealand's Datsuns and their alternately righteous and ridiculous self-titled debut. While the group has been associated with the Strokes, the Hives, and the White Stripes, this isn't exactly accurate -- though the Datsuns are very much a "return to rock", the rock they return to, and how they return to it, is considerably different. While the other bands mix mid-'60s mod and garage rock with late-'70s punk as well as other influences, the Datsuns re-create the sound of a beer- and weed-fueled Saturday night in 1973, borrowing and blending the revving guitar riffs and choked, macho vocals of Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, .38 Special, and on occasion, the hornier side of Led Zeppelin. Unabashedly heavy and silly at the same time, the band approaches the excesses of '70s rock in a relatively straightforward fashion, as compared to overtly stylized acts like Urge Overkill or Spinal Tap's outright parody. Ultimately, the Datsuns' take may be the most contrived out of all of these, since they replicate the details of the music so slavishly. From the phased vocals on "MF From Hell" to the Deep Purple-esque organ that introduces "In Love" to the omnipresent cowbells, The Datsuns provides a nearly exact replica of a generically entertaining, early-'70s hard rock album. At their best, as on the opener, "Sittin' Pretty," and the wonderfully stupid "Harmonic Generator," the Datsuns rise above their influences and produce some undeniably fun rock, but too often the album falls prey to the indulgences that sank the bands who inspired them. In particular, the second half features too many squealing guitars and vocals and not enough memorable hooks. Though their melodic sensibilities desert them by the end of the album, on their debut the Datsuns prove that they can craft vintage-sounding hard rock like no one else. Whether or not that's a good thing is debatable, but The Datsuns does feature more worthwhile songs than some of the band's inspirations managed in an entire career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2009
  • Label: Ais
  • UPC: 793573585769
  • Catalog Number: 7358576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sittin' Pretty (3:01)
  2. 2 MF from Hell (3:33)
  3. 3 Lady (2:55)
  4. 4 Harmonic Generator (3:03)
  5. 5 What Would I Know (5:34)
  6. 6 At Your Touch (3:29)
  7. 7 Fink for the Man (4:33)
  8. 8 In Love (2:54)
  9. 9 You Build Me Up (To Bring Me Down) (3:57)
  10. 10 Freeze Sucker (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Datsuns Primary Artist
Carrie Ann Background Vocals
Marcie Bolen Background Vocals
Christian Datsun Group Member
Dolf De Datsun Group Member
Matt Datsun Group Member
Phil Datsun Group Member
Technical Credits
Nick Abbott Engineer
Liam Watson Engineer
Noel Summerville Mastering
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
The Datsuns Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best rock and roll album of 2002

    The Datsuns are definitely part of the "new rock revolution" hailed by the music media all throughout the last year or so. That is they had their very proper niche inside it, with a crazy, spontaneous New Zealander attitude and the freshness of a band who had been playing together, with a conviction, since a couple of years back but have not really received acclaim outside the antipodes. But ever since the summer of 2002 and a superb, extra-long UK tour season, quickly followed by a European tour this year, they have outgrown that niche and fulfilled all possible expectations a fan can have of truly amazing live performances. Their debut album, recently released in the US, gives you several hints at exactly how good this band is. Most critics agree that it is deeply rooted in 70s' rock and roll, but they cannot really agree which bands have been the strongest influence. AC/DC and the MC5 are mentioned among others. These comparisons are certainly right in one respect: the album contains GREAT guitar work and an unmistakable hurricane force beside it that very few bands manage to release. What makes these ten tracks (and a few B-sides as well) unique is the vocal of Dolf de Datsun, the funny harmonies the rest of the guys make in the choruses of some songs (makes you think of those sweet 60s mod groups in mop haircuts and those innocent-on-the-outside-wild-at-heart vocals), and the combination of that with really explosive, but nevertheless melodic improvizations on electric guitars... Because unlike most rock singers today, Dolf really sings. He is capable of setting his voice to vibrations you would not expect to hear from a rock and roller, and such a young one, too. And if he does scream, it is not offensive to the ear either. Somehow, a great advantage in a music business suffering a serious shortage of good male vocal leads at least since the mid-70s. There are no typically slow numbers on this album, it is all one unstoppable tide of "high energy rock and roll." But some of them have, at some point, a subtle touch of a more thoughtful, emotionally charged expression (notably the final killer song Freeze Sucker). The lyrics are generally as sharp as the music, and there's much talk of the electricity of relationships, but always in the all-time chic frame of rock and roll, dancing, walking down the street looking good, all the positive stuff there is to life then. Even though you can only fully begin to appreciate this band by seeing them live, as their every performance is a wonderful amplification in real life of what you can hear on the album, you still should buy it to have this rock and roll hurricane at home for better and worse times. The best tracks are: Harmonic Generator and Freeze Sucker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stupidly Rocking Rock Music

    "I feel like I'm in a goldfish bowl right here" - Dolf de Datsun - 09/28/02 Birmingham, England. If goldfish bowls are this much fun, sign me up for fish school!! (no pun intended :D) That evening was set in a sweat-ridden, uncomfotable, dirty British pub. The perfect place for this kind of energetic, driven, all-about-attitude, garage-rock. The feel of the live show has been transformed perfectly here to disk (though the bands preference would probably be retrorific vinyl!). It avoids the heavy production and lengthy studio time that other 'The..'bands may have delved into, and is a true representation of all The Datsuns stand for. Never getting too hung up on 'serious issues' it only really tackles love, but by the throat with howls & screams, pounding riffs and melodic solos. If you are looking for something that is straight n' simple, yet magnificently individual, pick out this rocker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The DATSUNS : the revival of ROCK'N'ROLL

    The Datsuns! Wooh, they ARE such a great band! You just can't listen to the album, resolutely hard rock, without feeling stunned. The sound it's so powerful, it's amazing, and all you can do is to listen to the CD again, and again, without never getting bored. They ARE rock'n'roll. Every song on the CD is amazing. They give a great deal of energy to their music, which makes you wanna jump everywhere when you hear it! The tubes are there, from the excellent and boosted "Sittin pretty", or "Lady", to "In Love" or the very glam "Harmonic generator" which puts fire and gives an irresistible desire for dancing. With riffs ultra rapids, solos with hair in the wind, and guitar in the airs, The Datsuns give a new soar to rock'n'roll. The play of guitar lead of Christian is indeed rather technical and conclusive, indeed he can place his short solos at the time when it is necessary so that they arrive like an orgasmic apotheosis in a boosted and concise song. But once you've listened to the CD the best to do is to see them live. They really ROCK. There, on stage, the music just comes to life when you have just in front of you 4 guys so alive and full with energy who give a brand new dimension to their already awesome music. These guys play intensely and with no idle period, with an enthusiasm which conquer the audience more than quickly. The music is merely a flood of noise and fury, from the beginning to the end, with moments that the lucky present are not close to forget. More than a concert, it's a real show, with an excited Dolf climbing the balcony! And they are not only a band out of the common run, but they are also nice, friendly, and funny. In short, this CD HAS to be on your stereo!

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