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They come back with possibly their best album yet,
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This review is from: Facemelter (Audio CD)
I was never a huge Y&T fan although I did listen to them a fair bit back in their 80's heyday but by my other half loves them .... so as a Christmas surprise I completed the missing CDs in her Y&T collection ...one of which was Facemelter. And O...M...G what a stupendous return to the studio. This, in my humble opinion, is head and shoulders above anything they have done so far. Ok so I have to admit the old Meniketti voice isn't the well oiled instrument of the eighties, its rougher and more gravelly, but the quality of the song writing on Facemelter is undeniably good. I was so impressed I bought tickets to see them live on the 2012 Black Tiger 30th Anniversary tour and wasn't disappointed. Dave Meniketti (clearly suffering from a cold) put on a virtuoso singing and lead guitar performance, he played all the favourites and let me reassure anyone tempted to catch them live - don't panic, he has finally ditched the bright pink spandex jumpsuits.
Track 1 is a lengthy intro and not a track as such, more a build up - skip it, I usually do. Track 2 On With The Show is thumping song that only gets better when heard live, a real crowd bouncer is all I can describe it as. Track 3 How Long slows the pace down, slightly, but is again a song that will become a gig favourite as the catchy chorus is a clear sing-a-long hook for the crowd to shout back. Track 4 Shine On is just a quality song, lovely low key guitar intro phased into a thumping drum and bassline sound and great lyrics and guitars laid over the top. It will have you singing along while you drive I promise. Track 5 - I Want Your Money is a tongue in cheek song about someone being shallow or honest - you choose once you have heard it. Its just got a great sort of Blackfoot-cum-Skynyrd vibe about it. Track 6 - Wild Child is another well written song, catchy chorus and thigh tapping rhythm. Track 7 - I'm Coming Home is head and shoulders the best track on this and possibly any Y&T album. Superb opening guitar lick, thumping bass and drum rumble, easily understood lyrics and just a great chorus. This had the gig bouncing the roof off and if I had to produce a list of the catchiest metal songs I have ever heard, I'm Coming Home would probably be close to the top 10. Track 8 - If You Want Me brings the whole album back down a few notches with a lovely well written ballad, garnished with some great solo work by Dave M on guitar. Track 9 - Hot SHot has a sort of Sammy Hagar vibe, bouncy rhythm,pounding drums and a real rock and roll sound to it ... very Chickenfoot indeed. Tack 10 Blind Patriot is my least favourite on the album but the crowd went nuts for this one at the gig. As ever, a catchy hook and chorus make this an easy singalong track but not my personal favourite. Track 11 Don't Bring Me Down is back to form and a great song - there is a hint of The Who with some of the keyboard work going on, buts its a great high tempo track. Track 12 Gonna Go Blind is possibly the funniest song about masturbation since The Vapors released Turning Japanese. This is real tongue in cheek stuff but the actual music and vibe of this song are fantastic, a great track and proof that Y&T don't take it all too seriously. Track 13 One Life is another well written song that also harks back to Sammy Hagar (for me that is), its what I would call an album filler but a damn good one. The album then closes with the excellent Losing My MInd, a simply solid track in the same vein and standard as the rest of this awesome album.
Y&T are back in the UK in autumn 2013 and I already have my tickets for the Nottingham gig. This is an awesome album and if you only ever buy one Y&T cd ...make it this one ... you won't be disappointed.