In 1990, the London Quireboys' debut album, A Bit of What You Fancy, was overshadowed by the success of the Black Crowes, another band of blues-rockers who wore their Humble Pie and Faces influences o

In 1990, the London Quireboys' debut album, A Bit of What You Fancy, was overshadowed by the success of the Black Crowes, another band of blues-rockers who wore their Humble Pie and Faces influences on their musical sleeves. Subsequent albums from the Quireboys were never released in the U.S., but now the group is taking another shot at the American marketplace with This Is Rock'N'Roll. Lead singer Spike's whiskey-and-cigarettes voice has still retained its distinctive rasp, which brings a certain charisma to the music. Although not particularly groundbreaking, the songs are solid and unpretentious. The best cuts are the rousing title track, the ballad "Searching," and the melodic-leaning "Taken for a Ride." Now that the Black Crowes are on hiatus, this album should satisfy those jonesing for rock'n'roll that recalls the classics.—CH