TED NUGENT - Shutup & Jam!

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Classic Rock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 6.5/10 | Label: Frontiers | Autor: ML

This is the first studio album since "Love Grenade" (2007) by the arch-conservative US patriot Ted Nugent. Recorded with his tour band, which for years has included ex-Rainbow-/Alice-Cooper bassist Greg Smith and Dokken drummer Mick Brown alongside Derek St. Holmes, who already appeared as second guitarist and singer on Nugent's first solo album in 1975. But none of these great musicians can prevent Uncle Ted from making a smooth false start with the title track as opener. The high-speed Rock'n'Roller looks overmotivated and driving. Only with "Everything Matters", which is reminiscent of harder George Thorogood songs, does the "Motorcity Madhouse" guitarist come across more focused. The fact that Sammy Hagar is a guest singer on the following track "She's Gone" is good for this song. But what Nugent doesn't succeed in doing is to translate his guitar style and sound, which can be heard immediately, into sustainable songs. And so it can be assumed that the live shows will continue to be equipped with material from the Amboy Dukes or the seventies albums.

Top track: Do-Rags And A 45

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