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on 2 November 2011
Possibly the band's Black Album or Number of the Beast. Beginning with their first 2 harder rock albums, their evolution inbetween Theatre of Pain and Girls... into the commercial sleaze-rock they now embrace, everything came together for this release. Experience, success, a slathering fan-base and maturity all aided the transition from rocks upstarts into stadium dwelling behemoths. They weren't up to the calibre of the Bon Jovis or Aerosmiths of their era but this album was where they came very close to world domination. And for all the right reasons. Dr Feelgood is a great album, a classic of sorts and by far their best musically and technically.
The intro and title track herald their new beefed up variation of the sound they birthed on Girls... . Round, earthy riffs and sparkling high notes spar for space in an angular, metallic, yet deep-south-inspired song. At once anthemic and deep, while still retaining the fun, this was the perfect opener and intro to the album. 'Slice of your Pie' contimued with the southern swagger until exploding with a riff so dirty and full that it really does come as a surprise. The production, as you can guess, is second to none. It all sounds exactly as it should. 'Rattlesnake Shake' is catchy and fun, with a beaut of a chorus that keeps you singing for days. 'Kickstart My Heart' begins with a guitar duel as motorbike engines. And then one of my all-time best riffs hits the speakers. There's no volume too loud for this riff. The rest of the song is excellent also. 'Without You' is the obligatory ballad and it is a good one,at just the right juncture for the listener to need one.
'S.O.S' is both fun and close to perfect. There's no part of the track that isn't catchy. 'Sticky Sweet' and 'Girl Goes Down' are the filler material. They're not bad but the album would have survived their deletion. 'Girl Don't Go Away Mad' is both frustrating and great. It has a rather annoying chorus that grows into one you will not be able to forget. It's no classic but it is a good song. 'Time For Change' ends things on a 'be good to one another' vibe. It was de rigeur at the time to have these kinds of anthemic socio-ballads and probably did help to raise the view of this album a little higher-browed. And on the whole it worked.
As a complete piece of work this works better than any of their other albums. Girls... and Theatre... come close but this is their undoubtable triumph. And recently they have also stepped up to the mark again (as of 2011). Probably best to avoid the inbetween years...