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T.S.O.L. - ‘The Trigger Complex’

Mischa Pearlman
Mischa Pearlman 19 January 2017 at 14.52

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Straight up rock 'n' roll.

Formed in 1978 as a hardcore punk band, California’s T.S.O.L. – which stands for True Sounds Of Liberty – emerge every few years with a slightly different sound and line-up.

This is the band’s 10th studio album, and it’s chock full of chugging, anthemic rock songs, torn straight from the ’80s airwaves. That’s no bad thing, even if in places, ‘The Trigger Complex’ does sound lost in time.

‘The Right Side’ and ‘Nothing Ever Lasts’ are both insistent, moody slabs of rock ‘n’ roll romanticism, while ‘Don’t You Want Me’ is a theatrical, piano-led quasi-ballad with a sinister edge.

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