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Nazareth: Tattooed On My Brain
Nazareth - Tattooed On My Brain Music Review

Nazareth: Tattooed On My Brain

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

There's nothing like one of your favorite bands from your past reappearing in the present to remind you of both your youth and your age. And I'm not talking about your car stereo playing a classic rock song. In this case, it's Nazareth, the seminal Scottish hard rock band. Forty three years ago I was cranking out their hit album Hair Of The Dog while I slaved as a teenage dishwasher at a local restaurant. But as you know, Nazareth has been dropping albums for a long, like freakin' long, time. They return with Tattooed On My Brain featuring new vocalist, Carl Sentance, fully endorsed by the now retired Dan McCafferty.

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It may be the 21st century, and original member and bass player Pete Agnew maybe 72 going on 17, but Nazareth still delivers classic melodic hard rock. Their sound has always been on the hard and heavy side but also, with it's roots in the Seventies, filled with boogie, groove, and blues. You'll find the first two with rockers such as Never Dance With The Devil, Don't Throw Your Love Away, Pole To Pole, and Silent Symphony. With the title cut, Nazareth adds more than a little pop beat and groove to a completely catchy number with a stinging guitar solo. For Rubik's Romance, you'll find the band channeling their AOR radio-friendly rock groove in a milder song with a nice rhythm from the guitar and bass line.

For the bluesy side of things, in the middle of the album, Nazareth drops the electric/acoustic guitar driven tunes, Push and The Secret Is Out. You may feel some latent blues in the beat and groove of What Goes Around, essentially a steady rocker. Nazareth drops the ball with the slow, long, and plodding You Call Me Master, featuring mostly voice and acoustic guitar. As for the new vocalist, Sentance has the timbre of both McCafferty and his fellow peer, from back in the day, AC/DC's Bon Scott.

Fifty years on, and with a few new players on board, with Tattooed On Your Brain you'll find Nazareth not resting on their ancient laurels, yet still delivering classic boogie and bluesy hard rock.


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Fifty years on, and with a few new players on board, with Tattooed On Your Brain you'll find Nazareth not resting on their ancient laurels, yet still delivering classic boogie and bluesy hard rock.

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