It's 6 o'clock in the morning, Friday the 13th of March. I awake.
Shit! Why? Feeling nice and primal, I put on a pot of Starbucks
coffee, Sumatra, my favorite (have a cuppa, as they say in
England), slap on the new Motorhead CD for pure, pleasurable
listening and review, I hope. And what a better way to wake up!!!
(real audio excerpt:) Good Morning Mr. Ramone!
This record marks a new beginning!!! They've obviously spent a lot
of time on it, but not too much time. I've been a fan since 1977 --
the live show always blows my brains and guts out, with pure
thunderous wit and passion!!! But I've been losing interest of late,
record-wise. Their records were becoming the same old, same
old. But this record is a turning point.
What makes this Motorhead album different from all other
Motorhead records? It breaks new ground. It's pure, classic
Motorhead, but much, much more. Excellent production by
Howard Benson, co-produced by Motorhead ... it's the real deal.
This three-piece lineup rivals the original, which had the same
intensity. But the three-piece is much more natural in its separation
of the instrumentation. Well-crafted songs, great lyrics and vocals.
Lemmy is a totally unique character and genuine diamond geezer
on and offstage -- the Notorious Thunderbass God!!! Great
drumming by Mikkey Dee, and the guitar work by Phil Campbell is
awesome: he does some amazing solos. They sound like a real
killer band with a nice, tight, molten sound. This lineup works
much better than in the days of yore -- they spent the time to get it
The photo of the band on the back of the CD kind of says it all.
They all seem genuinely happy (smiling even). The new material
exudes the influences and feelings of some of the greatest
individualistic styles -- Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, MC5
and the Ramones -- you can find it right here.
The first song, "Love For Sale," is an exciting, thunderous and
infectious romp, a great lead-off song, you bet your ass. "Dogs Of
War" is death metal in a way only Motorhead can deliver it. "Snake
Bite Love" is extremely infectious, as its name implies -- love that
Lemmy lyrical wit. "Assassin" slays. "Take The Blame," another
killer track, features some nice keyboards -- Alice Cooper or Deep
Purple anyone?? Politico bastards!!! "Dead And Gone" is the first
ballad. And "Don't Lie To Me" has a definite Chuck Berry influence
running through it. "Joy Of Labour" is a favorite, and could be a
single as far as I am concerned. "Desperate For You" has a clever
chorus -- "I'm a desperado, desperate for you." The last song is
"Better Off Dead."
Eleven classics. Count 'em.
(real audio excerpt:) Attention, '90s punk-rock/metal clueless: Fuck the Bullshit. This
album could be your ticket. THIS is the real deal.