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Bail Is Set At Six Million Dollars - Batmobile

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Batmobile / Audio CD released 1990-01-01 at Nervous

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      20.03.2008 16:59
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      Batmobile's third album (1988).

      The third Batmobile album introduces further elements of psychedelia in a move that ends up predating Primus on occasion, but is otherwise the final offering of their old style before the subtle changes that defined their later career. There are plenty of enjoyable guitar solos that keep these from being mere replications of generic rockabilly, the solo in 'Kiss Me Now' and the unusual direction of 'Calamity Man' bringing in the psychobilly elements more than the rest of the recording, but despite being a consistent album, this is one without much in the way of original thinking.

      'Magic Word Called Love' and 'Gorilla Rock' have a nicely accelerating level of mania in the vocal performance, while 'Gates of Heaven' and '100 Pounds of Trouble' pull off moody and mellow without sounding too contrived, but the rest is fairly dull and lifeless, particularly noticeable in the unconvincing call to "rock" in opener 'Kiss Me Now.' Even the closing cover of Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' doesn't offer anything particularly exciting, not being as good as the original but attempting to replicate it with authenticity, rather than trying something drastically different as Bathory attempted with their ultra-slow cover in the early nineties.

      The band is obviously enjoying itself across this album, songs like 'Can't Find My Way Back Home' sounding like they were more fun to play than they are to listen to, and at least 'Girls, Girls, Girls' isn't quite as bad as you may expect.

      1. Kiss Me Now
      2. Magic Word Called Love
      3. Can't Find My Way Back Home
      4. Mystery Street
      5. Calamity Man
      6. Shoot, Shoot
      7. Gorilla Rock
      8. Gates of Heaven
      9. Girls, Girls, Girls
      10. Hang On
      11. 100 Pounds of Trouble
      12. Aces of Spades

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Kiss Me Now
    2 Magic Word Called Love
    3 Can't Find My Way Back Home
    4 Mystery Street
    5 Calamity Man
    6 Shoot Shoot
    7 Gorilla Rock
    8 Gates Of Heaven
    9 Girls Girls Girls
    10 Hang On
    11 100 Pounds Of Trouble
    12 Ace Of Spades