Seconds of Pleasure

April 21, 2020 11:24 am

These days, it’s helpful to gravitate toward things that make you smile. I can’t come up with a record that makes me smile more than Rockpile’s third masterpiece, “Seconds of Pleasure.”

The first two Rockpile albums were Dave Edmunds “Repeat When Necessary” and Nick Lowe’s “Labor of Lust” – I know because I saw them co-headline at The Texas Opry House in Houston when they were touring behind both releases. They were outrageously good and I couldn’t wait for their inevitable “official” release. This took awhile because Edmunds and Lowe were signed to different record companies. “Seconds of Pleasure” made the wait worth it, however.

Kicking off with the brilliant “Teacher, Teacher,” the record comes on like a sugar rush that doesn’t end until the final notes of the rollicking “You Ain’t Nothin’ But Fine.” Balancing power pop, rock n’ roll and up-tempo blues, Rockpile shows off their prodigious vocal and instrumental prowess (Terry Williams is one of my all-time favorite drummers) on twelve well selected and paced songs. By the end your face will hurt – from smiling.

To quote Dave Edmunds – “Get it!”

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