Songs like the opener “Alternate Universe”, “Eye To Eye” resurrect Patti’s signature blend of throaty rock and pop pep. The catchy title track takes the pop laced rock a little deeper – almost into Celebrity Skin era Hole territory, while “Get Away With It” sounds like a kindler, gentler Donnas.
“After The Parade” and “Inventory” decelerate and dip into an earthier sound, “Wavelength” is a pretty, atmospheric ballad, and “Sway” features sweeping piano work – though Patti’s voice doesn’t quite fit into the melody of the latter track.
The stand out tunes are the guitar embellished slow burner “Hard Times” and the acoustic guitar and kazoo finale “Someone I Love”, both of which fully and terrifically embrace the blues style that I loved so much in songs like “Up Against The Wall” on Between the 1 and the 9.
Double Standards doesn’t quite live up to the grand potential posed so long ago on Patti’s debut, but is definitely worth a listen when taken on its own merit.