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Not quite 'wonderland' , but it will take you somewhere.
on 30 January 2006
Nazareth had just come of the back of the albums Expect No Mercy and No Mean City, arguably two of their best ever records; so it comes as a bit of a surprise that the fella's changed style and went for a more American A.O.R sound. The vocal deliveries are as good as you would demand from Dan McCafferty, and the musicianship with Zal Cleminson still on board from the previous album was still at a high standard; unfortunatly the songs are maybe not as well written as previous offerings.This is probably due to the experimental nature of the sound Nazareth were going for and later albums with a similar theme such as Sound Elixr have showed that Nazareth learned from the experiences of this album.
The album opens up with Holiday; not a full on rocker that usually opened up a Nazareth album, but in fact a very well crafted storytelling song with an incredibly catchy tune, memorable chourus and superb backing vocals that made the song a hugh favourite amongst Nazareth fans and a definate in their live set for many years. The rest of the tracks would find it hard to live up to such a good song, but tracks such as Talkin' To One Of The Boys and Talkin' 'Bout Love run it quite close with their unusual sound and catchy lyrics. Heart's Grown Cold and Fallen Angel are ballads with a anguished feel; you can almost feel the pain and suffering that the songs project coming through the speakers. Both of these songs became favourites to play live as well. The rest of the tracks have a sound to them that would definately play better across the Atlantic, although if you are a fan of groups such as Journey then you could add a star to the album rating.
All in all you have a collection of songs here that are well crafted, well thought out and well executed, but you can never move away from the feeling that Nazareth just don't sound quite right doing this type of sound. Fortunatly there is just enough of the old sounding Nazareth to please exsisting fans as well as give new fans a taste of what Nazareth do best.