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Nazareth, Big Dogz
Eagle Rock Records, May 10

05/12/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Yes, the same Nazareth that did the screamy version of “Love Hurts” you hear all the time at the dentist… now see here, if it hadn’t been for Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty single-handedly inventing the controlled falsetto banshee wail, the world might never have had Axl Rose or the dude from Accept. This is only their second LP since 1998, so these fellers are obviously aware of their advanced age, but does it rock and stuff?  Yes, but not in the reign-hell-on-earth crazy way some of the songs on 1975’s Hair of the Dog did; along with acceptance of age comes acceptance of roots, as we’ve talked about in the cases of other bands, thus we have mostly bluesy bar-rock here, perhaps pimping their old junky tune “Whiskey Drinkin Woman,” the most boring song on HOTD (I’ll tell any of y’all whippersnappers, if you haven’t heard “Changin’ Times” all the way through, you have no business acting retro-’70s whatsoever). McCafferty does sound like the dude from Accept here and there, a sign his voice has been roughed up over the years, but on “Lifeboat” he’s jacking the old crazy banshee stuff, as if Jaws had just hit the multiplexes. B+

—Eric W. Saeger






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