7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2003
After a pretty lacksture response to 'Sound Elixier' and 'The Catch' which were released in 1983 and 1984 respectively, Nazareth went back into the studio and produced their finest album in years with 'Cinema.' On those other two albums they had moved away from their original 12 bar blues heavy rock format and their fans must have been wondering "Was this nazareth"? Was this the same band who had done badass songs like Razamanaz, Hair Of The Dog and Woke Up This Morning. Five years before Cinema they had released the excellent live album 'Snaz' which saw them have a short lived six piece line-up. By the time The Catch hit the shelves the band were a four piece again with the original four members, so what was going wrong? Nazareth didn't need to change their style to become more radio friendly because every Naz album has a ballad on it anyway. On Cinema though Naz struck back at everyone with a vengeance. Cinema saw them go back to how they were in the seventies. IT ROCKS!!! It includes a rock ballad called Juliet which is a Naz classic, while Just Another Heartache is of a more upbeat tempo, it rocks too, and Hit The Fan is probably one of the best rock songs they have done, While One From The Heart is warmly appreciated, Slty Salty is another great Naz classic, and the title track is just pure Nazareth heaven...
Cinema is a true return to form for Dan McCaffery who is the most underatted vocalist in rock. Axl Rose has made millions out of ripping him off and I don't blame him cos I look to him for my vocal style sometimes too. He is amongst the best vocalists in the world. No one and I mean no-one will ever be Dan McCafferty. The man is just unique, his vocals are strong enough to defy medical science, how can anyone sing like that, without coughing up their guts, it's bloody marvellous! This is no where near Nazareth's best album though, it is from the 80's though. If you wanna get into Naz then buy Razamanaz or Hair Of The Dog, but if you are a Naz fan then I strongly recommend you buy this cos it is bloody marvellous!.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2006
Very few albums contain an entire track listing of possible singles, and even fewer can boast that there is not a weak track in the bunch...well, this one can!
It is said that when Nazareth was looking to release this album back in 1986, their manager at the time played a demo to a major record label who loved it, but when they were told that the songs that they loved so much was by a bunch of ugly, aging Scotsmen called Nazareth they immediatly said "Forget it, they're dinosours!" Thier loss.
Such hard rocking tracks like Cinema, Hit The Fan and Salty Salty still sound fresh and new today, where as Juliet, Other Side Of You and One From The Heart will have you ripping your vocal chords to shreads trying to sing like Dan McCafferty. Wrapping up the album is White Boy and A Veteran's Song, songs so deep and meaningful that you would be forgiven for thinking that they are cover versions of Springsteen songs.
The '80s proved to be a very creative time for Nazareth, and if it wasn't for the narrow-mindedness of record producers Nazareth could well have had a hugh seller on thier hands. If you like your rock with a bluesy feel and you want to hear it played at it's best, then pick up a copy of Cinema and give the album the recognition it deserves.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2007
It's a Rocker! this cd will not dissapoint Naz fans, albeit typical eighties production, slightly electronic sound on the drums and distant vocals, but all in all a great rock and melodic cd