In a world where the likes of Jet are riding on a crest of commercial and critical success, it would be somewhat unfair to discriminate against a band on terms of originality. Mando Diao hail from somewhere in Sweden, but their sound is much more reminiscent of New York City. They've been described as "hard rockin'" and '"hip swinging", which probably means they play some traditional lo-fi rock 'n' roll.
Paralyzed certainly fits this billing - it's is a gem of a track which bears more than a fleeting resemblance to The Velvet Underground or The Strokes, and benefits from a slice of The Rapture thrown in to funk things up a little.
"She's Got That Donkey Paralyzed!" screams front man Bjorn Dixgard during the song's uplifting chorus, in which a trumpet fanfare features to add to the euphoria. Motown Blood is a slab of blues-rock that borrows liberally from The White Stripes and Bring 'Em In witnesses an experiment with a T-Rex style riff. Fast, noisy, dumb and very derivative certainly, but a lot of fun at the same time. Bigger things to come.