There’s no doubt that it’s got to be a very special release for Suzi Quatro to announce proudly that “‘The Devil In Me’ is the best album in my career to date!”
Suzi attributes the remarkable creative explosion which produced ‘The Devil In Me’ to, on the one hand the lockdown, which kept her from her usual touring life in Spring 2020, and on the other another collaboration with her son Richard Tuckey, which had already worked out extremely well on her predecessor album, ‘No Control’.
Suzi recalls; “Starting spring 2020, almost one hundred of my shows were cancelled and Richard would also have been on tour with his band had not all concerts been cancelled or postponed. So I said to him: ‘We should make the most of our free time, write new material and allow ourselves to be inspired by the things that are currently going on in the world.’ I already knew that Richard and I make a brilliant team, after all ‘No Control’ had been a major success and a very special recording for us. Although I would never have thought that we’d be able to surpass it. But everybody who’s heard ‘The Devil In Me’ and all the people who had worked on the previous album have told us: ‘This album is even stronger!’”
Suzi Quatro, now in her 57th year of writing and performing, certainly knows what she’s talking about. Since the beginning of her career as a 14-year-old singer and bassist she has achieved almost everything a musician could possibly hope to achieve. Her charismatic voice, her powerful bass style and global hits such as ‘Can The Can’, ‘48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’, ‘If You Can`t Give Me Love’, ‘She’s In Love With You’ and ‘Stumblin In’ made her a rock music icon in the 1970s. To this day, her motto is: “I won’t retire before I turn around, shake my ass and there’s silence.”
That this moment is still a long way in the distant future is partly due to ‘The Devil In Me’; “I have to confess that I could hardly wait to work on new material again with Richard after the release of ‘No Control’,” Suzi explains. “Every album has its own creative history and I know that it’s impossible to plan success. But Richard and I were certain of one thing: We knew we’d be a good team again.”
And every single note on ‘The Devil In Me’ proves just how good this team is. The album presents Suzi’s full range of musical diversity plus a number of surprises. From rock tracks such as ‘The Devil In Me’, ‘Get Outta Jail’, ‘Motorcity Riders’ and ‘Hey Queenie’ (“these four songs are typical of me and continue the tradition of my 1973 debut album”) to fairly unusual numbers such as the pub atmosphere-inspired ‘Isolation Blues’ with its intimate mood or ‘In The Dark’ which is accompanied by elegant piano and provocative saxophone sounds, Suzi presents herself from a whole range of different aspects. “Richard wanted this album to have a through line, so that you could put any track on, and it just fit… he also said he wanted this album to be as important and ground-breaking as my first one. So that is how we approached this project, and that is what we accomplished.”
‘My Heart And Soul’ shows just how creative Suzi and Richard could be – it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful Christmas songs of recent years. Says Suzi: “I have a little studio at my house. Richard was in the studio working on ideas, I was sitting on the patio, relaxing, and heard this absolutely beautiful track coming out of the open studio door. It was a bass line, with a sparse guitar chord, and drums. It was immediate for me. I ran into the studio, mask on of course, it was like a magnet. I asked him: ‘What is this?’ I told him to set up a microphone, I said: ‘Quick, quick, quick!’ And without thinking, without writing anything down, I sang the first for lines of the song exactly as they ended up. That`s when you know you have a great song …and we do!”
‘No Control’ won a slew of rave reviews when released in March 2019 on SPV. The Daily Express’ Paul Davies stated “Sweet little rock ‘n’ roller Quatro keeps the faith on this rocktastic release. The lady who rocked Top of the Tops with ‘Can The Can’ and ‘Devil Gate Drive’, is back on top form with an album of diverse songs and stonking rockers. The stone cold grit of title song ‘No Control’, ‘Macho Man’ and ‘Heavy Duty’ rock out and do exactly what they say on the tin. Moreover, her timeless voice and the reggae lilt to ‘Love Isn’t Fair’ and ‘Strings’ prove that this undisputed Queen of Rock remains in total control’. Mojo’s James McNair declared “Enduring pop icon draws on five decades of feistiness… this is Quatro’s most consistent LP in yonks”. Classic Rock’s Everett True proclaimed “For many, Suzi Quatro is the living embodiment of rock”, concluding emphatically that “The lady has still got it”.
‘The Devil In Me’ is an album that – you can’t help but agree with Suzi – probably has turned into the best of her career!
20th April 2022 – ROYAL ALBERT HALL – Tickets on sale now.