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TED NUGENT'S first new studio album in 7 years!
About the Artist
Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of Motor City Madman, along with international acclaim.
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Nearly each song on this record features some silly juvenile lyrics, ones that an emotionally depressed teenager could improve upon and it does not do the rock legend any favours. The trick to enjoying the 2014 release from Uncle Ted is to ignore the down right silly lyrics and enjoy the riffs, licks and jams. Something that is a plenty on this record.
The musical content on this record is essentially more of the same but that also includes more of the same passion and energy found in Nugent's music. Ted's guitar playing has improved with age, you'd have to be a right jack ass to deny that. The moments where Nugent wails are all very memorable, and he does it a lot on this record. You'll find some great backing rhythms by Greg Smith and Mick Brown, the duo are a great backing band and it would be great to hear more from the group as a trio. It was also nice to hear Sammy Hagar on She's Gone and Derek St. Holmes on Everything Matters. The song structures and lyrics might be as predictable as watching an episode of X-Factor where a single mother comes on with her sob story, but the quality musicianship surely makes up for it, by the boat load.
The sound quality of ShutUp&Jam! is rather nice but a little too loud for my cup of tea. The opening seconds of the album is like a serious kick in the teeth and it could have done with being a little reduced in volume. Saying that, the album as a whole has a nice powerful sound that puts great emphasis on the style of music. Those who have already heard Nugent's previous two releases will be very familiar with what's going on here.
ShutUp&Jam! is not an album that is going to create new fans but it is a fun little album never the less. There could have been a little more thought put into the lyrics, but the music easily makes up for it. This is definitely not an album for the easily offended left winger, this is Ted Nugent at his most blunt and honest. I wouldn't recommend at full price but you could certainly buy a lot worse.
Reviewed by Steven Lornie of Demonszone
Which is what Nugent is all about, unrelenting rock and roll, and since the early 2000's, a proud American who performs proud rock and roll. This is his first album since 2007′s "Love Grenade," and based on the opinions here on Amazon, it is just as polarizing.
But here's the question: do you think Nugent cares what the critics think, or what people like me think? He plays rock and roll, he is a solo guitarist, he is rich and he makes albums whenever he wants. Oh yes, I forgot - he's an American. (This point will become very obvious as you listen to the album.) In the liner notes Nugent makes it clear he has chosen to go lo-fi - vintage equipment, and even more directly, a more vintage analog sound. To me it's one of his best 'sounding,' as it has that old-timey "let's just get out there and have fun and blow the doors off this place" kind of feeling.
Here's my gut feelings about the following 13 songs at just under 47 minutes - VERY short:
01. Shutup&Jam! - A pretty straightforward rocker, but his subject matter - shutting up and jamming - would work for me better if I was drunk in front of the ol' fire pit and chanting U-S-A while watching 18 year-old girls mud wrestling at Sturgis. Other than that, I doubt this will get played much on regular radio. It also got very repetitive, lyrically. But maybe that's part of it's appeal to the same said fire-pit folks.
02. Fear Itself - The repeated chrous of saying "I got nuthin' to fear but fear itself" sounds great, but if I was a multi-millionaire on a hundred acre ranch with barbed wire all over, 24-hour security and lots of weapons handy, I wouldn't fear much either. Now on the south side of Chicago, where I live? His talk is very cheap, and his lyrics fall pretty flat, but I'm not the demographic he's playing for. I could've been once, I think. I do like the rock groove here, though, it is kinda fun.
03. Everything Matters - this song gave me a bit of a bluesy 1970's feel at first, but then longtime collaborator Derek St. Holmes chimes in with his staccato singing and amazing guitar work. This is complete throwback to the 1980's but so worth it to hear Derek firing off riffs like so much sweat. A great track and really one of the highlights of the album!
04. She's Gone - Sammy Hagar jumps in on this song about a girl who's gone and she's "working the streets"... nice, but Ted doesn't seem to care all that much about his ex-girlfriend/new prostitute. This sounds more like an outtake from an aborted Van Halen album than anything else, but the guitarwork is fun and has a lot of energy to it.
05. Never Stop Believing - is this a ballad? No, it's not! But it's a great straightforward song - plenty of inspirational lyrics, and it's just jam-packed with positive-reinforcement, for sure. He references soldiers making sacrifices, climbing mountains and Martin Luther King within 6 minutes, which is a pretty good feat, and the guitar and St.Holmes with backing vocals helps along great.
06. I Still Believe - for a man pushing his mid-60's, he is very much alive, and his patriotism is on display full-bore here, with flags waving, Detroit (his hometown), America, America and did I mention he mentions America... a lot? I wished he felt so strongly this way when he "deferred" from proudly serving this country in the VietNam War back in the late 1960's and again in the 1970's. America... indeed!
07. I Love My BBQ - Ted lets me know that barbecuing is "American" and "I'll get a beer for you." I thought Nugent was a fan of sobriety and drug abstination? This whole song is about barbecue, and the American-ness of it, and drinking beer around it. I definitely love some smoked beef or pork ribs, and he definitely appeals to my base instincts... It works for me, and since he is a massive proponent of hunting, everyone who hunts will LOVE this song - and that's the point.
08. Throttledown - A quick 4 minute instrumental jam thrown in here to remind you that Ted can slay the guitar, and yes he still can! I loved this, because this is the Ted Nugent I really like - unrelentless rock, dialed up to 11, and perfect rock and roll. This is a real glimmer of what Ted once was and still can be.
09. Do-Rags And A .45 - it's a simple song, and it's music for gangs and bikers. Detroit is featured and protecting his "brothers" from the "animals on the street" speaks volumes. Enough said.
10. Screaming Eagles - like the man said, call your vigilante group and give them a name like this, and then go out and get the people you think are no good. He mentions mace, handcuffs and nightsticks and laces it with great riffs. Unbelievable.
11. Semper Fi - using the Marines' creed to sell records kinda stinks. Knowing what we all know about him not serving in the military out of fear, how can I listen to this and feel great about the many catchphrases he tosses in between guitar licks to tell me that this creed, sacred to a Marine, used by him in song isn't kinda insulting to them? I was in the Army myself, and even this made me cringe a little.
12. Trample The Weak Hurdle The Dead - he dislikes war, and he makes sure he lets us know that it sucks, but his endless chorus of the song's title tells me he likes singing it more than putting up a peace sign instead.
13. Never Stop Believing (Blues) - In this 6 minutes, Ted takes us through a bluesy version of the rocker of track 5, and to be honest is much more fun than the original version. Too bad he's copying the 1992 business model of Aerosmith and their rock/blues ballads - this sounds like too much like "Crazy" or "Amazing," with Ted as guest vocalist and giving Steven Tyler a much much needed break from the mike.
In the end, due to very wobbly lyrics, but still some of the most amazing guitar work after all these years, I have to give the album 3 stars.
I love Ted's playing, and I love his musicality, and I can see him in my top 20 of the great steady guitarists of all time. But his lyrics? Stunted, overwrought, underthought, and there just wasn't any real depth to them.
Yes, it's no "Wango Tango," and it sure isn't anywhere near "Stranglehold," but the lyrics held me back quite a bit.
If you like Charlie Daniels, and if you can handle that kind of arrested development, you'll like 2014's Ted Nugent. But the Nugent of 1979 would be hard pressed to want to jam with the Nugent of now.
(Thanks for reading, and if you liked my review - or not - please check out my other reviews on Amazon! Also please don't forget to leave me a thumbs up or down!)
Don't get me wrong, this album rocks, but it's a bit weak in the novelty department. Do we care? No!
Do we mind that Ted tells us how good it is to rock, eat and how bad women can be? No! Do we like to hear " I love my BBQ-that's what americans do" or hear "My baby is gone" over and over in a duet with Sammy Hagar? Yes, it's kinda fun!
Is it okay for Ted to re-visit "helter Skelter" or " Goin Down"-like songs...It's all fine.
Shutup&Jam sounds like jams roughly thrown into songs, but it rocks. The playing is great, we get the idea that Ted is happy playing guitar, hunting and blessing the american dream, and that ain't so bad!
this might very well be my album of the summer, but more than likely not of the year. Good fun!
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