Eden James: All The Good Blank Are Taken (2021)
But the "hey this sounds like" revivalism of the record (which at 8 songs is almost disappointingly brief) makes it no less great. Opener "Bad Girl" declares its pop-glam intentions with a riveting riff; the afore-referenced "Black Book" is a bit of a cheat given its familiar hook, but no less enjoyable for it; and "Something Called Love" is the best mid-70s Stones song of the 2020s. But there are also quieter, more brooding tracks as well: the gripping ballad "Dangerous Game" and the slow-burning closer "Negative Space" call to mind the dramatics of Born To Run-era Springsteen, while "The Villain" introduces a deep strain of Americana (or perhaps a nod to his countryman Nick Cave).
James has a few earlier albums which I'm just working my way into, similarly glam-indebted (particularly his 2008 debut Electric Charge), but Good Blank is a terrific entry point, an unexpected shout-out to a lot of old faves with a nonetheless fresh feel.
Here's "Black Book":...and "Bad Girl":...and "Something Called Love":