Review: The Wildhearts – Chutzpah!

Chutzpah!The newest offering from Geordie rockers The Wildhearts is pop-rock in the truest sense of the word. Turning 20-years-old next year, the four-piece sound just as fresh, if not more so, than they did all those years ago.

Chutzpah! is ten tracks that truly and plainly rock. Hard. Tim Smith is a brilliant example of it, with an immense crunching riffage throughout, and a massive chorus.

Lead singer Ginger has shook things up this time around, with a triple-pronged vocal assault coming from bassist Scott Sorry and guitarist CJ to boot; all three sound fresh and fantastic.

There are so many potential hits to come from this record; Plastic Jebus and new single The Only One, to name a few, wouldn’t sound out of place coming from an American alt-rock or even nu-metal band. The band keep to their roots and deliver in a true British rock style, however, and it really pays, shown by the brilliant You Took Sunshine From New York, and Mazel Tov Cocktail, which retain their rocking quality without ever sounding dated at all. John Of Violence should and will endure huge sing-a-longs; its chorus is massive and certainly the standout track of the record.

This is definitely The Wildhearts’ most promising record for a good while, and is sure to usher in almost two decades in style; listen to this now, you may just of found your new favourite record.


Chutzpah! by The Wildhearts is released on August 31st through Backstage Alliance.


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