Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Motorblog Never Went To Bed With An Ugly Woman: Human nature dictates the more we do something the better we get at it, so 'Hard,' American Dog's 7th el pea, was obviously written and recorded with the wide and varied experiences of their previous 6; and it's very much their own 'Sgt. Pepper,' (so far); a knockout album! This comment, however, takes nothing away from the Dog's preceeding albums, as I said, everything is 'the best we can do' when we do it, but we better those 'bests' with our experiences in life as we move on.
But on 'Hard,' they did no more than get together to find some more new riffs as usual, but man, their riff-bag must have had some magic sprinkled inside it for this collection of songs, and they have also brought some acoustic guitars and keyboards into their picture here, and it works a treat, juxtaposing (I like that word) the acoustic with the electric, perfectly.
And even I made myself a little dint on the 'Rock 'n' Roll Dog' track. I've known (bass and vocals/lyricist) Michael Hannon for years as MHB 1636, and one email I said: "We have this saying here in England: "Never been to bed with an ugly woman, but I've woken up with quite a few," it'd fit the American Dog image well as a song or a lyric;' and Michael fitted it in on that track - knockout!
And not just that song for that reason, every track on this album is outstanding, bar none; yet the final song, aptly titled 'Magnificent Bastard,' is, well, an absolute magnificent bastard of a song with a magnificent bastard of a riff, (as far as I'm concerned it's one of my Top 10 all-time fave riffs!), and this is obviously the reason it was given the magnificent bastard title!
But hey, don't just sit there gibbering reading me rattling on about 'Hard,' log on to http://www.americandog.us and order your own Magnificent Bastard of a copy!