Saturday, January 29, 2011
CD Review: Overnight Sensation, by Motorhead (1996)
Motorhead's 13th studio release is a maddeningly inconsistent effort, the line-up of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee mixing some of the band's most sophisticated career tracks with a few pure throw-away cuts. A song list trimmed down to the eight selections would have had a much more powerful impact; as it stands, Eat The Gun, Love Can't Buy You Money and Them Not Me are minor league fillers that unfortunately trip up the album's quality.
The back end of the album is more mundane, but closer Listen To Your Heart picks up the quality again and has echoes of the Overnight Sensation riff. On both tracks, Lemmy picks up the rhythm guitar and injects a new, almost cheerful sound that would have been trampled under the greasy boots of Motorhead 15 years prior.
Overnight Sensation is a deep dark mine. There are veins of useful metal, but plenty of worthless chunks of grey stone to trip over.
Lemmy Kilmister - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Phil Campbell - Guitars
Mikkey Dee - Drums
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Civil War - 9
2. Crazy Like A Fox - 7
3. I Don't Believe A Word - 9
4. Eat The Gun - 5
5. Overnight Sensation - 9
6. Love Can't Buy You Money - 6
7. Broken - 8
8. Them Not Me - 6
9. Murder Show - 7
10. Shake The World - 7
11. Listen To Your Heart - 8
Produced by Howard Benson and Duane Barron.
Mixed by Ryan Dorn and Duane Barron. Mastered by Dan Hersch.
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