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Album Review: Allah-Las - 'Worship The Sun' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sam Lightle   
21 09 2014
ImageI remember the first time I heard Allah-Las' debut album and I was blown away. It was perfect. The self-titled record managed to combine all the blitz and beauty of the rocking 60s. It was an album that had no boundaries and the free flowing essence that has left this follow-up, ‘Worship The Sun' a long and anticipated one. 

Having worked off the influences of The Doors and The Electric Prunes, they've produced a collection of tracks which have chilled out grooves with beautiful guitar clangs dotted around the place. 

And that was just part of the reason I was excited when I first heard about, ‘Worship The Sun'. Their music rolls back to years. Sadly it's never going to attract enough people to pack out stadiums or huge arenas; but its music in its purist. It's a revivalist revolution very much like their American counterparts, The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 

But ‘De Vida Voz' opens the album in a bizarre fashion which takes Allah-Las away from their usual territory, as it sounds like the former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is strumming away.   

Thankfully it doesn't last as Allah-Las are a true rock n roll band with a 60s vibe. ‘Had it All' follows swiftly after with its lazy drawn out vocals from lead singer Miles Michaud. However, ‘Artifact' marks a time of change. It has many dark elements that pose for a stirring listen, while a vibrant jazz driven tune features in ‘Ferus Gallery' that helps to bring back to the positive vibes. 

But what I love so much about Allah-Las is their versatility - they don't just stick to the rigid constraints that so many bands feel are put among them, and ‘Nothing to Hide' is a first class example of that. It harbours breezy, free flowing elements that signify why they are defined as a pure band. And yet again they display more qualities in ‘Buffalo Nickel', which has some alluring backing vocals that really makes the album flourish. 

ImageI mentioned earlier that Allah-Las remind me of The Brian Jonestown Massacre with their quirky 60s twangs and ‘Follow You Down' is staggeringly similar to ‘Nevertheless'; with its cool riffs. ‘501-415' is signature Allah-Las, while nipping closely at its heels is ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues', a less frantic and more careful track. 

After a blast of Bob Dylan esque vocals in ‘501-415', the country and western folk vibes return in ‘Better Than Mine', before ‘Yemeni Jade' takes over as a powerful instrumental piece with alluring 60s vibes full of peace and prosperity. The LPs title track is similar with its chilled out beats that really encapsulate everything this wonderful band are about.

Yet again, Allah-Las have produced a spellbinding album. ‘Worship The Sun' is vintage Allah-Las and a worthy listen for any 60s fanatic...

5/5

Release date: September 15, 2014
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