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Year of the Warpig
on 18 February 2018
If one was going to offer an criticism of the music of Motorhead, the casual fan may suggest that once they found a winning formula, Lemmy & Co stuck to it quite rigidly, but Motorhead have at times throughout their career experimented with their sound, most notably on “Another Perfect Day”, “B-Bomb”, but I think most successfully with “1916”.
The album does start on with a traditional Motorhead sound with “The one to sing..” & “I’m so Bad”, but then Lemmy seem to decide to throw Motorhead's rule book out of the window. “Angel City” has a horn section, “Love me forever” is a power ballad, “Nightmare..” is moody & atmospheric, “R.A.M.O.N.E.S” is the bands tribute to punk (The Ramones did record a version of this song, but curiously added synthesiser), the album finishes with the heart-wrenching poem/ballad “1916”.
The final two tracks were on the b-side of “The one to..” single, two great traditional high-octane Motorhead songs, with “Eagle Rock” having some interesting slide-guitar.
The only negative is that the album is supposed to be digitally remastered, but sound doesn’t seem to be improved from the original 1990 release, but it’s still work purchasing for the two bonus tracks.