Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars)

by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
The news surrounding this album, the 23rd from Nazareth overall, is that it is in all likelihood the last to feature the whisky-soaked vocal styling of Dan McCafferty, the band's long-standing lead singer who is now experiencing ill health.

Reading a little deeper into that, with McCafferty having to call it a career, bassist Pete Agnew will be the last original member standing, meaning that this is probably the swansong release for Nazareth, period.

The good news is, for fans who've stuck with the band for forty years and new fans alike, Rock 'n' Roll Telephone is a very strong effort. Every band would like to go out with a bang, or in this case a "Boom Bang Bang," a song that even though about a heated relationship between a man and a woman, with lyrics like "If they're gonna be damned/Might as well have a little contraband/Gotta have more than a one night stand…" could just as easily be about the band.

"One Set of Bones" is '70s-style Nazareth and a perfect example of the kind of rock that influenced Guns N' Roses, who famously covered early Nazareth song "Hair of the Dog."

"Back 2B4" is a catchy sing along powered by acoustic guitar and apparently cut live in the studio as you can hear the band clowning on the intro and outro, the title cut is a slow and sizzling blues rocker and a great showcase for McCafferty's vocals while "Punch a Hole in the Sky" sounds a bit like Motorhead doing "Smoke on the Water."

Beginning with a little scratching, "Long Time" tunes into a modern funk/pop groove and fans of the band's big hit "Love Hurts" will like the sound of the slow and emotional "The Right Time."

The album ends with a trio of loud-n-proud rockers with the classic Nazareth sound in "Not Today," "Speakeasy" and "God of the Mountain."

Gotta say it; thank you Dan, thank you Nazareth for four hard-rockin' decades and thank you for one of the greatest rock catch-phrases of all time, "Now you're messing with a son of a bitch!"

You can order the album here.

Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars)
Rating:

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .




advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Pink Floyd Stars Open To Reuniting For Music Festival- Metallica Go Pop In Latest CK Preview Clip- Mick Jagger Refused To Release 'Masterpiece' Memoir?- David Bowie Film- more

Linkin Park Stream New Song 'Heavy' And Announce Album- Ozzy Osbourne To Bark At The Moon During Eclipse- OneRepublic Headlining 2017 Honda Civic Tour- Megadeth- more

Metallica Frontman Was Livid About Grammy Mess Up- Pink Floyd Announce Individual Early Years Releases- Kirk Hammett Hopeful For Future Big 4 Shows- Megadeth- more

Day in Pop:
NSYNC To Reunite For Special Honor- Ed Sheeran Streams New Song 'How Would You Feel (Paean)'- The Chainsmokers Release Music Video For 'Paris' Single- more

Brad Paisley Announces New Album 'Love And War'- Keith Urban Leads ACM Awards Nominations- Selena Gomez And Kygo Stream New Track- Prince Streams Millions- more

The Weeknd Disses Justin Bieber On New Track?- Ed Sheeran Couldn't Get Into His Own Grammy Afterparty- Chance the Rapper Reveals Meaning Behind His '3' Hat- more

advertisement


Reviews

• Matt Chanway

• TBT - Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare

• Root 66: Washboard Hank - Human Beans

• Marty McKay - New York City Dreams

• Root 66: Holly Norman - Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis

• Judas Priest - Turbo 30

• Alice Cooper: Between High School & Old School

• Saul Losada - Energy

• Travel News, Trips and Tips: Pink Jeep Sedona Tour, Travvy Award Winners And More

• 5 Star: Jethro Tull - Stand Up: The Elevated Edition

• Scott Taylor - Blues Kitchen

• Shallow Side - ONE

• Root 66: Saints Eleven - Coming Back Around

• The Blues: The Reverend KM Williams - The Real Deal Blues

• TBT: David Bowie Live In Chicago 2004

• Michael Hornbuckle - Soul Repo

• Saint Blasphemer - Simon Templar

• David Bowie - Station To Station Remaster

• The Blues: Big Jay McNeely - Blowin' Down the House: Big Jay's Latest & Greatest

• The Blues: Popa Chubby - The Catfish

• Butch Walker - Stay Gold Album of the Year

• In Tribute: George Michael's Faith Deluxe Edition • more

Rock News Stories
• Pink Floyd Stars Open To Reuniting For Music Festival

• Metallica Go Pop In Latest CK Preview Clip

• Mick Jagger Refused To Release 'Masterpiece' Memoir?

• David Bowie Last Five Years Documentary Coming to U.S. TV

• Incubus Streaming New Song 'Nimble Bastard'

• All Time Low Release New Single and Video 'Dirty Laundry'

• Bush Announce Special Acoustic Performance

• Demon Hunter Release 'Died In My Sleep' Video

• Fit For An Autopsy Streaming New Song 'Iron Moon'

• Papa Roach Streaming New Song 'Help'

• George Harrison Pop-Up Exhibition Announced

• Radiohead 'A Moon Shaped Pool' TBT Footage Goes Online

• Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Talks 'Believer'

• Bruce Springsteen Brings Teen Onstage To Play 'Growing Up'

• more

B-Side Stories
• NSYNC To Reunite For Special Honor

• Ed Sheeran Streams New Song 'How Would You Feel (Paean)'

• The Chainsmokers Release Music Video For 'Paris' Single

• Hunter Hayes Goes Virtual Reality For New Video

• Future Shoots To Top Of The Charts With Surprise Album

• Little Big Town Release New Song 'When Someone Stops Loving You'

• Drake Makes Surprise Appearance At Smoke Dawg and Nafe Smallz Show

• John Mayer Reveals Second Wave The Search for Everything Details

• Trey Songz Announces New Album 'Tremaine the Album'

• The ACMs Hold Special Place For Lady Antebellum

• more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.