"Runnin' Wild" (EMI International; 2007)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

The debut from Melbourne four piece Airbourne is initially going to have you stuck on one thought and that's the fact that they sound a whole lot like AC/DC, probably prime “Powerage” and “Highway to Hell” era. Hopefully, you can get past that fact and realize that still have a lot to offer. 

Sure, they sound like a very well established band, but a number of bands have sounded like AC/DC. What these guys bring is a lot of energy and a full throttle approach to the classic three chord rockers. There is very little fooling around and they launch right into most of their songs. They also don’t overstay their welcome either as we get eleven tracks, but with a running time of just a little over 37 minutes. 

Still, the album is fun through and through with no duds. Tracks like “What’s Eatin’ You”, “Diamond in the Rough” and “Let’s Ride” are just a few of the instantly memorable tracks on this release. The only downside for North American fans is that, right now, it’s only available as an import. That means it has a higher price tag, but it’s worth it. 

"Runnin' Wild" is one of the steadiest rock albums I have heard so far this year.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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