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MOTORHEAD - BAD MAGIC - ALBUM REVIEW

UDR | Release Date: August 28 2015

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You can’t make rock and Roll records on the fumes of past reputation, no matter how potent, and thankfully Motorhead never has. Here as a three piece they manage to sound both comfortably familiar and still suitably kick ass…


Motorhead is just one of those bands that found a sound, liked it, and stuck with in in the way that a band like AC/DC did: at the end of the day and in both cases it’s just dirty Rock N Roll with attitude and a touch of punk. The fact that Motorhead are still with us today and still making music like this 30 years after their commercial high water mark is testament both to the tenacity of main man Lemmy and his incredible unwillingness to change despite the seasons and despite what he pumps into his body. Indeed if anyone was to give Keith Richards a run for his money either pharmaceutically or as the icon of rock and Roll it could only be the Mr Kilmister.


If you like Motorhead you will like this album, two years after the very decent ‘Aftershock’ new opus ‘Bad magic’ sounds eve better and that in part may be due to the fact that Lemmy’s brush with ill health gave the band a little more time than usual to work on the songs.
And the songs are pretty damned good. Starting with the opening track ‘Victory or Die’ a typically Motorhead title, it’s a big bold song, fast (of course) and built around a suitably ostentatious blunt-edged riff and Lemmy’s distinctive guttural growls.  


In truth though despite the volume and distinctive sound of much of this platter there’s little to touch the opener, or ‘Thunder and lightning’ and ‘Evil Eye’ which I imagine will be most listeners’ standouts here – both songs deserve their place in any career spanning compilation. The rest is solid and bears repeat plays – like ‘Choking on Your Screams’ and the slower almost-ballad ‘Till the End’. The rest I’m not sure will stand the test of time, and that’s no disrespect – more an indication of a sizzling back-catalogue.


The biggest surprise perhaps though is the powerful cover of The Stones ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ a song so well known and loved you can’t help but think it won’t work, but it does. Motorhead though have played the covers game before perhaps most notably with their remake of The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ way back on 1979’s ‘Overkill’ album. There has also been their title tune ‘Motorhead’ one of Hawkwind’s finest, though notably penned by Lemmy, and collaborations with Wendy O Williams – Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’ and Girlschool ‘Please Don’t Touch’ – originally recorded by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. None are better than this.


If you thought that Motorhead had nothing left to say ‘Bad Magic’ proves you wrong, this is a fine return, let’s hope that after their show in Austin recently that it’s not the end of this fine band as a live act. God bless Lemmy and all who sail with him…

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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