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As the mastermind behind Mott The Hoople and as a solo writer/performer, Shropshire-born Ian Hunter influenced bands as diverse as The Clash, Queen, Oasis and R.E.M.. An American resident for the past 25 years, Rant, his first album in five years, shows his native land weighs heavy on his thoughts. The elegiac Dylan-esque ballad "Death of a Nation" delivers a poignant but caustic reflection on today's Britain, but the tough musical hypertension and caustic images of "Purgatory" suggest American life is far from perfect. Hunter still combines plain-speaking with stylish theatricality, autobiographical candour ("American Boy") and sharp historical overviews ("Morons"). His autobiography Diary of a Rock'N'Roll Star is still considered a classic and Hunter's held onto the qualities that made it so. The closing celebratory "Still Love Rock n Roll" shows where he continues to puts his faith; the rewards are here for all to hear. --Gavin Martin
Top Customer Reviews
On first listen, on the kitchen stereo, on a cold Thursday afternoon having just got home from work, it sounded a little odd. Has he lost his touch? Having spent the weekend listening to it (on the lounge room stereo) and then taking it to work (discman on the train/in the computer at work) I discover that it's a grower. What a grower. Ian's voice has changed a bit over the years, but his ability to write a good tune and a great lyric is undimmed.
It's funny, having been away from Britain for nearly a decade, one has a rather rosy remembrance of the old dart (as the Aussies call it). Ian's view is a bit different and many of these songs bring home, brilliantly, the social problems that dear old blighty (presumably still) suffers from. Pearl and Roy 2001.
If you're new to Ian Hunter, you need to start elsewhere. This will confuse you, (like starting reading the Harry Potter books with the third or fourth one). If you're familiar with Ian's work from the 70s or even the 80s and may not know his more recent stuff, this would be a fine place to start getting re-acquainted with one of rock's major songwriting talents. Welcome back.
I'm not sure I share Ian's sentiments on all of the songs (is he referring to the pound or the royal family on "Death of a Nation"?), but the music and the intelligence of the man cannot be faulted.
Ian is one of the greatest songwriters of all time (along with Bowie, Shane MacGowan, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan in my opinion), but this album along with "The Artful Dodger" proves that Ian Hunter hasn't lost his touch unlike some of the aforementioned artists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow burner but after a few plays shows Hunter at his best. Some great songs with exceptional lyrics.Published on 30 Jun. 2014 by KC Russell
another fine album from mr.hunter.somehow missed this one,been a fan since 1969 when i first heard the first mott the hoople albumPublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by scale_john
When I was a child his band Mott the Hoople, drove me crazy, then came the solo-album, and even these, I like almost all, then there was the Hunter / Ronson Band, Ian then toured... Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by Lino Terlati
Im really happy I bought this cd because it contains the amazing Dead Man Walkin. It just hit me between the eyes the minute I heard it. Read morePublished on 10 May 2003 by Ian
Ian, I've loved you since 1975, when my drummer turned me onto that immortal "'allo" that announced your presence to the world. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2002
Its a grower...'Rip Off' is one of the stronger tracks and is a good opener to the album. All in all I think its a good album and would recommend anyone to buy it. Read morePublished on 13 July 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org