ALBUM REVIEW: The Baseballs “Strike”

File:The Baseballs - Strike.jpgLabel: Rhino Records
Release Date: 17th May 2010

The debut album from German trio is a must for anyone who fancies an eclectic mix of modern pop classics and rock and roll!

Originally launched in mainland Europe in May 2009, “The Baseballs” have become an almost over-night success, selling over 100,000 copies of their distinctly unique debut album, and making them currently the most successful German band in Europe.

The band have now brought their toe tappingly infectious music to the UK and look set to continue their success. They are already a regular on the Radio 2 playlist and Radio 1’s very own Scott Mills is a self professed fan.

The band certainly have the look. All 1950’s style quiffs, complete with comb at the ready in their back pocket. More importantly, they also have the sound, which transports you back to those by gone days when rock and roll did exactly what it said on the tin. Think Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry and you’d be pretty near to The Baseballs sound.

Covers of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” have already secured the band hits in a number of Eurpean Countries. These are just two highlights from a very cleverly thought out album. Each song is interpreted in it’s own way, staying true to the original but also with it’s very own unique sound.

For a band who met in a Berlin rehearsal room cafe, recognised each other as kindred spirits, jammed together and then just happened to make a record, Sam, Digger and Rasti look set to be 2010’s cover kings. I just hope that they continue doing what they do best and in their own words “take good songs and lead them to their true calling”.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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