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Nazareth trying something new.,
This review is from: The Catch (Audio CD)
Nazareth are probably best known for thundering rock tracks such as Hair Of The Dog, catchy songs such as My White Bicycle and tear-jerking weepies such as love Hurts, but on The Catch they tried a new more electronic approach, and it didn't really work.
You could compare this album to Queen's Hot Space album in the way that both groups had been doing what they do best for years, blowing all opposition away, but maybe had to get an album like this out of their system. You will know what i mean from the opening track, Party Down. You could put it on in your local nightclub and people could get up and dance to it. Drum machines and synthesisers are evident on this track, and you can detect them on other tracks as well. Other tracks such as Last Exit Brooklyn and Love Of Freedom are far to restraining on Dan McCafferty's vocals and again musically seem to lack any of the creativity that make Nazareth so much better than most other groups and the songwriting on most of the tracks seem a little lackluster and short of ideas. Don't fear though, it isn't all doom and gloom; the cover of The Rolling Stones song Ruby Tuesday shows what Kieth and co. could have had if they had a proper singer and Sweetheart Tree is a happy little jingle that is catchy in the same way as Nazareth classics such as Holy Roller or Place In Your Heart. However, it's the track This Month's Messiah that could earn 5 stars all on it's own; this is a hard rocking, fast playing massive Nazareth fan's favourite that deserves to be on a much better album than The Catch. It's a travisty that it is on one of Nazareth's weaker recordings as it may mean that a lot of people will never get to hear it, although they have started to play it in their live shows again, so that's good news.
The fact that Nazareth never tried this sound again will probably tell you that the group themselves are not particularly fond of this album, but nonetheless it's a testament to the fact that Nazareth are never afraid to try something new, and with all the different styles Nazareth have tried and conquered then it isn't surprising that they would eventually have a bit of a dud.