It's not easy to find out who The Breakers are. It probably
doesn't help that they share their name with another rock band
called The Breakers and that their label's link to the
band's website is broken. All you need to know is that The Breakers
were formed in Denmark in 2002 and they are full of catchy, punchy
rock with some country licks thrown in for good measure. They
have a fresh sound, as though they've recently made the jump from
bar band gigs to playing bigger venues and they're excited about
it. There's an air in the music of a band that knows it's on the
Here For A Laugh kicks off with "Dance The Go-Go"
which gives lead singer Toke Nisted a chance to grunt like
John Cougar (AKA John Cougar Mellencamp, AKA John
Mellencamp, AKA The Coug). The lyrics aren't great
but neither are the lyrics to "The Twist" and that's
a good song. The rest of the album goes down just as easily and
the lyrics get better with each song. "Tried So Hard",
"Cold Cold Winter", and "Here For A Laugh"
with its "do do do do" chorus, are irresistibly loveable
songs. The Breakers do an amazing job boasting strong guitar riffs
and their music composition is first-rate.
"Get Lost Get High Get Sick" and "No Sentimental
Rubbish" turn from the sugary sweet sound to harder rock
with big choruses. At this point, Nisted's John Cougar-style gives
way to a Tim Armstrong sound with big choruses and great
The album closes with an easy-going track that sounds like a
Rolling Stones song you forgot about. It's more than appropriate
to close with a song called "Ups And Downs"; another
catchy, mid-tempo tune that reflects the band's carefree attitude
and is only reinforced by their album title.
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