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Another great Noughties album from the world's loudest and heaviest rock 'n' roll band!
on 13 May 2015
This album is Motorheads’ second of the 21st Century and another largely maligned and overlooked one. If you ignore the unfounded OTT criticism of this album, you will find (yet another)great Motorhead album, that has at least 7 belters out of 10, but has 9 to my ears!
Yes it isn’t perfect, yes the final track ‘Serial Killer’ (which is basically Lemmy grumbling some poetry over some distortion samples) is as filler as you can get (although nowhere near as god-awful as what Corey Taylor was trying to do on the first two Stone Sour albums!), yes, even Lemmy admitted that the last two songs aren’t amazing, and were hastily put together to keep the label happy (although to be fair, they aren’t that bad at all!), but otherwise, this is a very strong album, which punches amongst the heaviest in the band’s back catalogue.
I dare anyone to find better songs than opener ‘Walk a Crooked Mile’ and the superb, should’ve been a single; ‘Dr. Love’ in any band’s discography. Lead single ‘Brave New World,’ features some of Lemmy’s barest, most thought-provoking lyrics ever, and are relevant to the ages, as well as anthemic chorus and memorable verse lines.
The production is great and it is a very heavy mix indeed. Guitar gear freaks will no doubt be studying the featured booklet for tips on how to get Phil Campbells’ crushing tone (I did), whilst Lemmy’s unique Rickenbacker / Marshall sound is as unique and ear splitting as ever.
The militaristic cover art is also one of the best Motorhead artwork ever put onto a CD case, and would be my pick for a ‘Head tattoo if I ever decided to get one!