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Nature of the Beast - April Wine

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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: April Wine / Import / Audio CD released 2002-03-11 at Capitol

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      05.10.2010 22:44
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      Generic rock album

      Nature of the Beast, April Wine, 1981

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      Background
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      April Wine are probably a band you have never heard of, but rest assured they are real and have had quite a lot of success in their Canadian homeland. Their brand of hard rock has lasted them through from 1969 and 20 albums and are still going strong as a live act today.

      Nature of the Beast turned out to be April Wine's bestselling album mainly down to their hugely successful single 'Just Between You and Me'. That song has a strange piece of trivia attached to it - being the 14th song officially played on the new MTV television station, but also the 57th - making it the first song they ever repeated (make note quiz teams!).

      After ten years of pretty small scale success, Nature of the Beast catapulted the band into the forefront of hard rock.

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      'Just Between You and Me' is a really good song and there is no wonder why it did so well. Its got just the right sound for a crowd-pleasing rock ballad. However, I've always preferred the funky hard rock April Wine sound as opposed to the slow brooding rock anthems.

      'All Over Town' is precisely that - a polished hard rocker that has a bit of funk to it too. This is the sound of the early 80's in a nutshell. Its not at all rough around the edges, its well crafted and has a great sound.

      There is also a bit of a sci-fi element to the album, not in a swords and sorcery Rainbow kind of way, but a Star Wars influence. Complete with light sabre swiping noises and laser beams, 'Caught In the Crossfire' is a bit hit and miss, but worth a listen I suppose.

      'Sign of the Gypsy Queen' was the second single from the album, but is pretty unmemorable really. Apart from the my favourite track has to be the excellent 'Tellin Me Lies' which has a killer riff but is so annoyingly short!

      As a rock album it succeeds and tick all the boxes, however as a piece of original music - it certainly does not. Its all very generic and 'safe', but there are a few standout songs like 'Tellin' Me Lies' that really shine. Worth a try.

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      Tracklist
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      1. "All Over Town" - 3:00
      2. "Tellin' Me Lies" - 2:59
      3. "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" (Lorence Hud) - 4:16
      4. "Just Between You and Me" - 3:54
      5. "Wanna Rock" - 2:06
      6. "Caught in the Crossfire" - 3:33
      7. "Future Tense" - 4:07
      8. "Big City Girls" - 3:42
      9. "Crash and Burn" - 2:31
      10. "Bad Boys" - 3:10
      11. "One More Time" - 3:55

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 All Over Town
      2 Tellin' Me Lies
      3 Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
      4 Just Between You And Me
      5 Wanna Rock
      6 Caught In The Crossfire
      7 Future Tense
      8 Big City Girls
      9 Crash And Burn
      10 Bad Boys
      11 One More Time