SHE’S GOT THE DEVIL IN HER HEART
Album Review of:
‘THE DEVIL IN ME’
by SUZI QUATRO
(2021, Steamhammer/ SPV)
Hey, you all want to go down to Devil Gate Drive? Well, come on!… but if you’d prefer to stay home and just listen to Suzi, this is a great place to go too. There’s a thump-thump-thump drum-track, attack-dog metal guitar riffs that snap and snarl, and twelve new songs written with son Richard Tuckey that she inhabits as skintight as her old leather jumpsuit. Her voice might be huskier, but only to a degree. ‘Hey Queenie’ references Chuck Berry, edged with Jez Davies keyboard runs, and there are Cherie Currie Runaway harmonies on ‘Betty Who?’ – yet there’s no ‘I’ in Suzi, she does not do that confessional thing, there’s little that’s personal or autobiographical, no diary entries about what it’s like being Suzi Quatro in 2021. ‘My Heart And Soul’ has the tasteful string arrangement of a pleading Darlene Love girl group with an unseasonal Xmas plea. There’s vampish bump and grind too. But it’s in the hard Lock-Down Blues of ‘Get Outta Jail’, with Suzi trapped in twilight zone isolation that you glimpse her urgent need to play ‘one more gig to satisfy, one more gig before I die.’ She’s the Motor City Rocker. Rocking is what she does.
‘RNR vol.2 Issue.87 (May-June)’
(UK – May 2021)