I was going to write this review in the style of the album. One paragraph of fierce typing and attitude. But then I decided that was a stupid idea and I should try and do a proper review instead…

It’s safe to say that Dan Sartain is a rock traditionalist. In 2010 he released his fifth album, Dan Sartain Lives. It was firmly rooted in the 1960s good time filthy rockabilly and blues sound that had become his trademark on his previous four records. Now he’s finding it too tough. Or he’s too tough. Or whatever – he’s releasing his new album Too Tough To Live. This new record is something different. It sees him jump forw< ard a decade and get involved in punk – though it’s still immediately recognisable as a Dan Sartain record.

Another thing that you can safely say is that Sartain isn’t a man to waste your time. For his sixth long-player he crams 13 tracks into less than 19 minutes (hell, it barely deserves to be called a long player). There’s only one song that gets over the 2-minute mark.

In an age with a lot of double albums and superfluous augmentation, this low on fat, big on thrills approach is a breath of fresh air. This is punk rock, 1970s style (there’s even a song called 'Nam Vet'), full of Ramones and Cramps references. ‘Now Now Now’ is a duet featuring The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin and sounds like the snottiest, best Ramones song you’ve never heard. That is until you get to 'Rona' (which could be called ‘Rona Is A Punk Rocker’).

The rest of the album is a whirlwind of energetic rhythms and surf rock riffs, until, all of a sudden, on the last track, ‘In Death’ he puts on the handbrake with a downbeat tale of break-up and despair in which he intones "I wanna die, I wanna die, In death" backed by a sea of handclaps.

Whether this is a brief, ferocious interlude or a new direction, time will tell. Sure, this is pretty derivative stuff and the style barely changes over the 13 tracks but it’s a hell of a lot of fun. He’s created an authentic punk album that pays perfect homage to the time - the only quibble is that it’s too faithful to that sound.