August 22, 2014 by Dan Swinhoe
How seriously should you take Alestorm? It’s a question I don’t think the band are always completely sure of. Sunset on the Golden Age is the band’s fourth album, and while Keeping a shtick going for so long is no easy task Alestorm do a fair job at showing there’s some life in the old sea dog yet.
The band veer from enjoyable but fairly straight-faced [‘Walk the Plank’, ‘Magnetic North’] to musically ambitious [‘1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)’, ‘Sunset on the Golden Age’] to just a bit daft [‘Surf Squid Warfare’, ‘Wooden Leg’]. Almost worth the admission price for the lead single ‘Drink’, the rest of the album is a mixed but enjoyable affair.
Bonus disc “Rumplugged” [not reviewed above] is an acoustic EP featuring some of the band’s best tracks including ‘Nancy the Tavern Wench’ and ‘Shipwrecked’. The lack of electric guitars give the tunes an added sea shanty feel and as ever, if you like Alestorm then you’ll love these reworkings. Also features the bonus track ‘Questing Upon the Poop Deck’, a song apparently not about anal sex. Sure.