Release Date: Jun 2, 2008
Record label: Deltasonic
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Ah, the difficult third album. Supposedly written and recorded after an extended period of writer's block on the part of leader Dave McCabe, the band's first album after the somewhat acrimonious departure of lead guitarist Boyan Chowdhury, and even more worryingly produced in Los Angeles by the seemingly incompatible American hard rock producer George Drakoulias, You Can Do Anything had all the potential to be something of a train wreck. Instead, the Liverpool quintet (by then including new lead guitarist Paul Molloy) pulled themselves together to, somewhat unexpectedly, deliver the most concise, consistent, and commercial album they've made so far.
Cosmic Scousers the Zutons decamped to LA to record their third album, and it shows. Buffed to a hard shine by Johnny Cash/Black Crowes producer George Drakoulis, You Can Do Anything adds a layer of gritty blues to their skew-whiff psychedelia. Opener Harder and Harder could be Primal Scream in their Stones-aping, mid-90s incarnation, while What's Your Problem recalls grunt-rockers Reef.