Classic album, sometimes they are built up on sand. They get lots of praise and when you finally hear it, you often wonder what all the fuss was about. Also you have classic songs which over shadow the album, and there is no big song for a band than "Ace of Spades". Even Lemmy has said he is sick of it, but he would not think of not playing a song as it is what his band is known for, it is what the crowd wants and he will continue to give it to them.
When this was recorded and released Motörhead where on the rise - this album peaked at number 4 in the UK charts and their next (No Sleep Till Hammersmith) reached number 1. Listening to this now it is easy to see why it did so well at the time; it was different to what was out there. Punk was dying and pop music was just about change into New Romantics. Motörhead were dangerous, and the songs on here would have sounded like they were carved from granite. The production whilst slightly dated is perfect for the music. It makes it rawer, and I'm sure Lemmy and Co would not have it any other way. The classic songs of "We Are The Road Crew", "Jailbait" "Love Me Like A Reptile" and of course the title track itself are all still played at rock clubs up and down the country. Reason - they are still unbeatable.
Because this is such an old war horse of a record, it doesn't really have a change of rhythm, and I would not have it any other way. If there was a slow groover or a ballad it would just sound out of place to be honest. This is a no nonsense rock/heavy metal album, no fillers (well, maybe a little for this blogger), just all out rocking tunes to make your feet stomp and spine tingle. It is a classic that just about stands up to the hype and is a must for every metal head to at least have owned once in their lives.
7 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check
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