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a great band gone downhill,
This review is from: Boogaloo (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:11
ive tended to stay clear of nazareths latest efforts, simply cos i know from painful experience that from 1980 onwards they were only half the band they were in the 70's (on a RECORDING basis that is, live they are as powerful as they ever were) bought this however on the strength of a few reviews on amazon saying that this is some of the best and heaviest work theyve done to date. ok. so it was worth a tenner to find out.
it starts promisingly - 'light comes down' is actually a pretty stormin track - but the ominous sounds of cheesy keyboard are there in the background giving ominous signs of things to come. by the second track its well established. soon after its a honky tonk piano and it all descends into pub rock&roll chas and dave 12 bar by numbers rock. just like a lot of their material since the end of the 70's. dan is in fine voice throughout (would he be anything else?) but the material is very weak and some of the lyrics are plain cliched and embarassing
i HATE saying all this cos nazareth remain one of my favourite bands from the 70's and their albums from this period are all very worthy. some being real classics. and dan mccafferty was and remains one of the greatest rock singers ever - but dan, oh dan - surely you must hear the difference when you put this on next to , say, 'razamanaz'? this is weak, feeble stuff. its the reason why nazareth are now merely a nostalgia act treading the boards for a pension, same as budgie, and jethro tull, and ufo, and deep purple. no one takes them very seriously anymore cos their recording output nowadays and for the last 20 odd years has been so far behind the incendiary releases from their early days. what all these bands fail to realize is that, they owe it to themselves and their legacies, as well as to their fans, to make GREAT records in the twilights of their careers. they should be making monstrous new music, crushing all these young pretenders into dust musically and sonically. but, with the exception of motorhead, zz top and judas priest, they never seem to do so, they just keep churning out more and more dull,lifeless going-through-the-motions albums and i cringe when i hear them. thank god sabbath have decided not to make another album with ozzy. would hate to see that reputation tarnished by lacklustre material. it beats me why these once great bands (who can STILL deliver - check 'em out live for further proof)cant summon up the creative juices to make great music anymore. in todays high tec digital world, they could sound incredible. instead they just seem content to sit on their histories and ride out the nostalgia trip. ok. fair enough, but why keep making records and pissing on your legacies like this? as for nazareth, i will always love them for those fantastc records from 1971-1980. this however, is not the same band by a long way. im real sorry to have to say that but its the damn truth. oh, and can we please pass some kind of law that states that anyone who plays piano on a heavy rock album immediately has their hands amputated afterwards? thanks!