Having honed their act through tireless performances and ample roadwork, вЂњPurple GirlfriendвЂќ finds The Goldstars at the top of their musical game. Bassist and vocalist Sal is at his primal, swaggering best on revved-up cuts like вЂ?DMVвЂ™ and вЂ?All About YouвЂ™ as well as their slash and burn cover of The SparklesвЂ™ classic вЂ?No Friend of MineвЂ™. GoodtimeвЂ™s drums tumble like runaway thunder on crucial cuts like the tremolo-soaked вЂ?One Plus OneвЂ™ and SalвЂ™s hilariously bitter вЂ?Angry EyesвЂ™. Guitarist Dag Juhlin steps up to the microphone for a pair of numbers вЂ” the caffeinated Stones riff-o-rama of вЂ?FireвЂ™ and the albumвЂ™s most blatant and engaging musical departure, the muscular West Coast psychedelia of вЂ?Go Baby GoвЂ™. And his moaning guitar squall adds a suitably nightmarish accent to the instrumental title track. Through it all is the amped-up keyboard work of band co-founder Skipper. Whether heвЂ™s rolling through a nasty, Farfisa-laden blues solo in вЂ?Always LateвЂ™ or channeling an after-hours Ramsey Lewis in the bandвЂ™s stunning reworking of the Mel Torme-sung chestnut, вЂ?CominвЂ™ Home BabyвЂ™ itвЂ™s SkipperвЂ™s handiwork that adds the right touch of garage grit to every track.