21 January 2013
Silver Ginger 5 - Black Leather Mojo
Fortune is smiling on Ginger Wildheart at the moment. Last year, thank to his campaigns on Pledge Music he released 4 albums and has been given a new lease of life for someone who was seen in many circles as being on the musical scrap heap as "no-one wants to buy 'that' sort of thing" mentality of the hipster music press and record companies. Which is not true as the fans showed them, but when this was unleashed in 2000, he could not get arrested. That may have something to do with the fact it was harder to find than rocking horse shit - it took me 7 months after it was released to get my copy. But that is besides the point of this blog to complain about the short dealings of past labels, now it is time to look at the album with a fresh pair of ears and to see if it has matured like a good wine.
Even back in 2000 this album was a very retro feeling album. It has such a heavy 70's glam vibe if it has been done by David Bowie, Kiss or Sweet it would have sold for millions. It is a very sugary album as well, nothing much in the way of epic mournful guitars and ballads (apart from the brilliant "Inside Out" which is a regular in Ginger's solo acoustic shows and the previously demoed Wildhearts song "Church of The Broken Hearted"). This record is here to steal your beer, your girl, your money and your soul and leave you smiling in the process. Songs like "Divine Intervention", "Sonic Shake", "I Wanna Be New" & "Take It All Why Don'tcha" are all out glam stomping songs designed to make you wanna hit the dance floor with the air guitar.
However, it is not an album you will spin for more than a couple of times. It just does not have much in the way of depth that some of the other albums in Ginger's collect possess. It's a little 2d in it's delivery and after a few spins you find there is not much else to it. As good as it is played, it just fails to have more behind the glam strutting guitars. But isn't that the point as well. You don't need every album to be a weighty tome to find a new note and angle, sometimes you just want to switch off, and when you want to think deeply you reach for your Rush albums. Not the best by a long shot, but not a bad album either. As I said earlier, sometime fortune smiles on people.
6.5 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there
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