Motorhead Album Review


Now we're cooking: Disc one featuring all A-sides, is sheer, glorious overkill (as soon as the so-so "Louie Louie" opener finishes). Lemmy's ZZ topic obsession continues in "No Class" (see also "Beer Drinkers" and "Overnight Sensation"). Scalding signature scar "Ace of Spades" squats here, along with fine slices of Motorhead's vaunted live expertise ("Stone Dead Forever," the Hawkwind heavy from whence the band glommed its apropos moniker). If you've never been clinched in the "Iron Fist,"prepare to know what power is. Deceptively melodic licks chug through "I Got Mine." This is the Head earning its umlaut.

Time to play B-sides: The second CD naturally can't compete with the fevered freewheelers on the first, but rides right alongside. Once the Motorhead groove slams in, just submit and let the boys roll. "Tear Ya Down" and the spark-chasing "Too Late Too Late" are quite cool and a mean kick-off. Only these three greasy cats could make the boring blues of "Hoochie Coochi Man" burn. "Like a Nightmare," "Dead Men Tell No Tales," and the appropriately-dubbed "Over the Top" also rule the road. "Under the Knife" takes two Long Island looneys, BOC and Twisted Sister, to task. Though two cuts are repeated live, The Chase is a jet-fueled, battle-worn monument to Motorhead's golden years.

-STONE, Cheap Trash NYC
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