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As Fantastically Morose As Ever!,
This review is from: Made In England (Audio CD)
I've been a big fan of the first three Atomic Rooster albums for a long time now, but I've always shyed away from Made in England. Perhaps it was the plain album sleeve, or the number of times I hear the words 'soul' and 'funk' banded about. Whatever the reason, I threw caution to the wind and in time honoured record buying tradition, took a gamble. And I'm now kicking myself for not having bought this years ago!
Anyone nervous about what this album might sound like, should set those fears to one side. This is most definitely 100% an Atomic Rooster album, with Vincent Crane's hammond and piano all over this. With titles like 'Time Take My Life', 'I Don't Know What Went Wrong', and 'People You Can't Trust', don't go expecting a James Brown Soul Revue. Vincent is as morose as ever, and lets be honest, that's very much a part of the whole Rooster sound.
And as for Chris Farlowe's vocals, for me he falls into that excellent 70's category of singers that you either love or hate. In no way does he have a 'normal' vocal style - but then that's why so many people love Roger Chapman, Peter Hammill, even Steve Jollife. Chris warbles and wails like a man possessed. Perhaps his take on Rooster's 'Devil's Answer' isn't the best interpretation in the world. But it's certainly his own.
The only serious banana skin on the whole album for me is 'Space Cowboy'. The title's naff, and the song's not really much better. I was just relieved that they managed to avoid shouting a Yee Haa half way through.
I'm now looking forward to taking another gamble on 'Nice and Greasy'. If it's any where near as enjoyable as 'Made in England' then it'll be money well spent.