If last time out we saw Fingertrick playing a real foot-on-the-monitor, unabashed, old-school rock and roll card with All Dawgs Go To Heaven, Thin Ice sees them in a much more reflective mood with a song that runs from gentle balladry to a medium paced groover. Not all songs have to blow the roof off, and whilst they have proven that they are certainly capable of writing songs to that particular order, this shows that they can also turn their hand to the deft and delicate as well.
And like their more boisterous offerings, Thin Ice certainly tips its hat to some past rock and roll moves, but here the reference point might be something more like the Goo Goo Dolls brand of melodic yet anthemic, pop-infused, rock than the real incendiary end of the rock spectrum. But, that said, there is nothing nostalgic, plundered or plagiarised here, instead this is a continuation of the rock and roll ethic into present times. When done this well it reminds us that rock music never really goes out of fashion because its rebellious, non-conformist and contrary ways have meant that it has never really been in fashion. Without such concerns to weigh them down how can the genre in general and Fingertrick in particular fail to succeed?