1980's Scream Dream is the last worthwhile Nugent album. Opening with the ultimate fav Wango Tango, featuring some truely gonzo breakdown word play from the man himself, its the last classic he ever did. After the truely below par Weekend Warriors and the slightly average State Of Shock, Scream Dream seems to restore some of the mid 70's inspiration to raise it above the previous 2. As the title track shows, and Hard As Nails. The trademark crunch production is in fine order here and the riffs sound a little more rocking. I Gotta Move almost threatens to falter things totally with a seemingly false 50's style Chuck Berry riff (which isnt bad just done to death) but it morphs into a fun chugging rocker. Same applies to Violent Love. The songs here are nearly stripped down, Nugent at this point becoming almost bare essentials as what seemingly was an endless supply of awesome songs on his first 3 records drained pretty quickly on the next 3. He knows what people want to hear and he gives it to them.
Flesh & Blood retains that groove rock feel like the old days, which for that, makes it one of the best songs here, the simple but very effective bass work need note. Spit It Out, despite its title actually unearths a fun riff and is something of a hidden gem. Come And Get It almost qualifies as well, a slightly cooking track with all the trimmings. The bass work and straightfoward vocal on Terminus Eldorado make this a stand out cut along with Wango Tango as the 2nd best track here. Things wrap up with Don't Cry (I'll Be Back Before You Know It), another 50's throwback. Scream Dream ends up being the best of Nugent's post Cat Scrach trio of albums, but none of them are classics thats for sure, and none of them really contain any classic hidden gems, few good songs as mentioned and obvious favorites, but sadly one of the tyrants of hard rock fizzled out pretty quick. So enjoy the first 3 albums plus Double Live but save Weekend, Shock and Scream only if you really have an appetite for the Motor City Madman.