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Rock The Nations

Rock The Nations

1 Jan 2010
3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Feb. 2010
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 1:18:22
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  • ASIN: B0034XISGI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,239 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Yup - this album along with Innocence and Destiny were meant to bring Saxon to the masses. More commercial, more accessible and of course therefore more popular. Nope. Saxon kind of shot themselves in the foot a tad and failed to understand that their core heavy metal audience wasn't going to like a lighter sound and the non heavy metal fraternity wasn't going to listen to Saxon regardless.

However whilst many have panned this record I think that Saxon fans should revisit this again, because actually it's pretty good.

Yup, it's probably a little over produced - maybe the slightly softer sound was what they were after, but it's well done and has a quality feel.

I'll get to the bad. Party 'Till You Puke. What on Earth were they thinking of? It may have Elton John on the piano but I'm fairly convinced that we could easily do without that. It's just a bad song.

Empty Promises. Not really bad - just unforgettable. Instantly. I can't even recall it ten minutes after the album.

Filler. There is a bit of that here. Neither good nor bad - sort of okay. Certainly Waiting for the Night falls into that bin.

But, we do have some pretty good songs and in my opinion a Saxon classic. Battle Cry and We Came Here to Rock are good solid Saxon songs. However the gold bar at in the lucky bag is Rock the Nations. It's a seriously good song and is great live.

Can one song justify a four star review - I think so, because the vast bulk of albums punted out have nothing redeeming about them. Saxon even in their wilderness years did manage to create the odd song that stands out. It's probably that which enabled them to continue until they realised that we want proper heavy rock - and we all returned. Rock the Nations is a great song and deserves to be heard. That's why I think this record should be on any Saxon fan's shelf.
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As a longtime Saxon fan I am slightly ashamed that I drifted away from the band during the Innocence/Rock The Nations/Destiny period. My attention was diverted by the likes of Megadeth, Kings X and Guns 'n Roses and I did not return to Saxon until 'Unleash The Beast' by which time they were well back on the up.

But having since caught up with albums I missed, I am always mystified by many fans' negativity towards this album, since it sounds like proper Saxon to me. And whilst it doesn't come close to matching the quality of the early Carrere classics, I'd certainly rate it on a par with albums like 'The Power and The Glory' and 'Crusader'.

There's some genuinely great material on offer here: 'Rock The Nations', 'Battle Cry', 'Running Hot' and 'Empty Promises' are all very strong, heavy Saxon anthems, and although the single 'Waiting For The Night' is a bit girly, we're not exactly in Bon Jovi territory are we? It's still very metal, it's still very Saxon! Agreed, we could probably all cheerfully delete 'Party Til You Puke' from our I-Pods, but I don't think the band actually intended it as a piece of conceptual art...to me it sounds like a clumsy attempt at a novelty song that just doesn't translate very well. But I've heard worse...

So if you're investigating Saxon for the first time, you should bypass 'Rock The Nations' and go straight to their first four albums, then you'll see what the fuss is really all about. However, if you're just filling in the gaps in your Saxon collection, then I heartily recommend it this one, it's the real deal.
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When Saxon run out of songs about the Crusades, Chernobyl, the Sheffield miners, standing in queues, steam trains, King Midas, Panzer tanks, the Kennedy Assassination, the moon landings, the bluebird speed record, nuclear war, airlines in distress and the American Indians they sing about ROCK and ROCKING! The following choice cuts are some of the few that I can remember: 'Rock the Nations', 'Bad Boys Like to Rock and Roll', 'Rock N Roll Gypsy', 'Rockin' Again', 'Just Let Me Rock', 'Stand Up And Rock', 'This Town Rocks', 'Solid Ball Of Rock', 'I've Got To Rock', 'We Came Here To Rock', 'Can't Stop Rockin'', 'Rock is Our Life', 'Make Em Rock', 'Live To Rock', 'Come Rock Of Ages' and so on. When inspiration really runs out then it's time to issue an album with ROCK in the title - hence, the imaginatively titled 'Rock The Nations'.

So it is hard to imagine how the mighty Saxon came up with an album more bereft of ideas and originality than this one (with the notable exceptions of the excellent 'Battle Cry', the clunking but oddly memorable title track and the breezy single 'Waiting For The Night', particularly as it's sandwiched between the slick radio friendly 'Innocence' and 'Destiny' EMI albums, both of which are aimed squarely at the US market, dominated at the time by the emerging Bon Jovi's/Def Leppards of the world. Everything from the inane subject matter of the songs, the basic textbook arrangements, the packaging and the truly, truly dismal production lacks inspiration. The lumpen 'Crusader' was the start of the slide from greatness in the 80s (although it has some medieval charms) and this completes the job. 'Party til you Puke', with Elton John hammering away on a piano, sums this turkey up admirably.
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