Juliette And The Licks

Four On The Floor

[2.5/5]





Whether you find Juliette Lewis’ wildly expressive stage persona endearing or embarrassing, there’s little doubt that it’s earnest. This girl means it, maaaan. And Four On The Floor, J&TL’s second full-length, suggests she’s starting to get it, too. The Licks’ slick musicianship-no doubt elevated by guest drummer Dave Grohl-grooves along ably, and Lewis plays what vocal strengths she has to near-perfection. There’s no shortage of scratchy, sexed-up vocals, raucous howls over vitriolic brawlers or heavy breathing. But though Lewis is rock ’n’ roll enough for this part by plenty, her panache and the Licks’ spirited free-wheeling can’t stop Four On The Floor from being forgettable. But Lewis earns some stripes here, and receives-nay, demands our attention. Now let’s see if she can hold it. (THE MILITIA GROUP) Tristan Staddon

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