The Datsuns - Smoke & Mirrors - V2

Their 2002 debut was a ram-raid of 70s rock dinosaurs archives, chock full of compelling killer riffs and screaming vocals that deafened any calls of derivitive . Two albums down the line and The Datsuns just won t die – they have evolved, if only sligh

Their 2002 debut was a ram-raid of 70s rock dinosaurs' archives, chock full of compelling killer riffs and screaming vocals that deafened any calls of 'derivitive'.

Two albums down the line and The Datsuns just won't die - they have evolved, if only slightly.

Recent single System Overload is a case in point, stridently blasting out signature long-haired stomp-rock, but there are signs of a deeper talent within, the turbo-charged Maximum Heartbreak and proggy 8-minute closer Too Little Fire being cases in point.

But it may be too little too late, as the debut from hair-rock overlords and fellow Antipodeans Wolfmother knock this into a cocked hat. Shame.

3/5