Album Review: AOR Dream Zone [Love Grenade]
AOR Dream Zones
My love for all things Nugent was given to me by an old friend (hello Mark) who one day very excitedly rang me up (this is some twenty-five and more years ago) and said "you gotta hear this album I’ve just got, it’s called Double Live Gonzo and it’s amazing". I duly went round and was aurally blasted by this album and went home with a big smile on my face vowing like Mark to find out more about the man called Ted Nugent and from there the love affair has continued. Yeah he ain’t PC and yeah he say’s a lot of really stupid thing’s but I suspect his heart’s in the right place and let’s face it, he doesn’t give a flying f**k what we think anyway.
So what about new album Love Grenade then, well as soon as I played it I loved it,Ted has that effect you either love him or loathe him and I doubt that there is any in between with the guy. Yet for a man who will be 60 very soon he can still write, play and produce great fun time rock ‘n’ roll, and I would urge all young whippersnappers who want to become guitar heroes to give Mr. Nugent a listen because the guitar work on Love Grenade is some of the most fluid rock guitar I’ve heard in years. Played as it is straight from the heart and filled full of soul you just can’t get away from just how good Nugent is.
The opening salvo of Love Grenade and Still Raising Hell are immediate proof that the Nuge has lost none of his rock and roll heart and that even after 40 odd years in the business, Ted still knows how to ROCK. And rock he does on the rousing Geronimo & Me, Spirit Of The Buffalo, Broadside and Stand, hitting you where it hurt’s and never letting up for one second. Ok there are a couple of fillers in Funk U and Eagle Brother but this is still Nugent’s strongest album since his Scream Dream days.
Fans of the Nuge will love this album, it is Ted Nugent doing what he does best playing the music he loves and not giving a toss what anyone else thinks as he does it, I’d just like to say that it also stand’s alone as a very good rock album and will appeal to a lot of none Nugent fans as well, so why not give it a try you’ll be glad you did. (EAGLE ROCK)