Ted Nugent - Love Grenade
Rating: B = Buy It
Uncle Ted refuses to play sweet shit on his guitar instead choosing to spew out carnivorous riffs that sound as big as a side of beef. Speaking of spewing, Teddy does plenty of that in his lyrics as well. He spews his views on hunting, gun control, woman, war, nature and sex.
The album starts off with the title track which features a Nugent riff that could have been on the classic Free for All album. He remakes his Amboy Dukes classic "Journey to the Center of the Mind" updating the 60's vibe of the original tune with a really loud guitar and his own obnoxious vocal style. Other strong tracks include "Geronimo & Me" where Ted brings in some lyrics from "Great While Buffalo," "Stand" and "Broadside."
While there are many outstanding rockers that will have Nuge fans drooling in their pickup trucks with their CD players blasting, there are also some tunes that will make you shake your head in disbelieve of what you are hearing come out of the Wildman's mouth. For instance, "Girl Scout Cookies" and "Bridge Over Troubled Daughters" are blatant songs about having sex with young girls! One has to admit, they are funny as funk and we have a feeling Ted is talking about over 18 just not yet 21... or at least over 15.
In the end, Love Grenade continues where his last Eagle Records release, Craveman, left off. It's classic Nuge with even more attitude. While his politics and appetites can get him into trouble and even make one wonder about his sanity, his guitar prowess is as huge as his ego. The man can flat play the funk out of the six string and this album is full of huge, slobbering riffs of melody and mayhem. Backing The Motor City Madman up on the album are Tommy Cluefetos on drums and Barry Sparks on bass. Tommy is currently on tour with Rob Zombie and is one of the premier drummers in rock music today. Sparks is a journeyman bass player who is solid from start to finish. Nuge, as always, has surrounded himself with the best music has to offer.
There should be a warning on this one that reads: "Do not attempt to ride this ride if you have heart problems, are pregnant or have a fear of loud noises."
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