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Rant

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Papillon
  • ASIN: B00005B8NK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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Hunter's--Rant is truely a great rock & roll album that makes you want to sing along, w/Wash us Away, Still Love Rock n' Roll. To live Hunter's pain of beter days before in ballads of Dead Man Walking and Death of a Nation brings a tear to your heart. Purgatory, Good Samariton, Rip Off crank as in "in your face" rockers. Hunter continues to be honest and passionate with lyricks and delivery--something sorely missed in today's singers & players. I recommend you buy Rant, listen to it LOUD, at least three times, LOUD, and then you will agree, RANT---SHOULD BE THE RECORD OF THE 01' YEAR. THIS CD IS FILLED WITH EMOTION, PAIN, & COMMITMENT WHICH IS WHAT GOOD ROCK & ROLL IS ALL ABOUT. A+++++
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I first got into Ian Hunter back in the 70's because he wrote songs that said more than ''I love, you love, me love''. This album proves he's still got the talent big time and gives conclusive proof for us old boys that you're never too old to rock'n'roll. It proves that Ian Hunter is still one of rock's finest song writers - most of this album stands up well with his huge back catalogue. The album opener, Rip Off is classic Ian Hunter - great riff, great lyrics and brilliantly sung - should be a single. The theme of Rip Off is the one constant of Hunter's writing through the years i.e. what the Hell's happening to England! and no-one does it better. He can still write a killer sentimental ballad as well - witness Knees of My Heart. The album's classic song though is Dead Man Walking - brilliant lyrics about living life's emotions, sung in a way that should make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Loads more quality songs mixing rockers with ballads make this my album of the year so far.
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This is Hunter at his best and marks a return to his ability to write and perform the rockers that he states are so difficult for him to produce. Not that this is all fast and pacy stuff - there are slower numbers and these work well in the context of the album. Check out 'Death of a nation' for example. This along with 'Ripoff' and other tracks generally underline why I think Ian decided to title this offering 'Rant'! Rant he certainly does and to good effect - 'American Spy' is another upbeat track that works well. Indeed, the track 'Morons' and 'Ripoff' are distinctly reminiscent of the old Mott days and I could see Ian fronting the band with Overend, Buffin, Ronno and Morgan Fisher bashing these tunes out at Hammersmith Odeon. Such is nostalgia. He's older now ... and wiser? Who knows? One thing is for sure - he's back and with a vengeance. Check it out and have a rant of your own!
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Living in Australia it's always difficult to get hold of albums that are only released in Britain/Europe and America but I finally got "Rant" through the mail last week...... No matter.
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.
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This is definately one of Ian Hunters best efforts. RANT hits out at a lot of things, and you have to take the time to understand where he is coming from. Once you have got there you realise just how good Hunter really is in both lyrics and production. If this is your first Hunter buy, then be prepared to spend more, because once bitten by his material you will want more - go for Shrunken Heads, Artful Dodger and work back through his catalogue
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Not the most instantly accessible Hunter album, but after a few listens almost every track buries deep into the brain. The most listenable songs are "Wash Us Away", "Soap 'N' Water", "Knees of my Heart" and "Dead Man Walkin'". "Morons" and "Purgatory" are the real standout tracks, but the whole album exudes quality, both musical and lyrical.
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.
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