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"The Wildhearts" is the 6th studio album by the British metal band of the same name released in 2007 on Round Records. The line-up for the album was Ginger (vocals/guitar), C.J. (guitar), Scott Sorry (bass) and Ritch Battersby (drums).
This was the first Wildhearts album bassist Scott Sorry appeared on, replacing Jon Poole and Danny McCormack. The band has always had a rotating line-up due to one thing or another, but as long as Ginger's at the helm, it will always be the Wildhearts.
What can I say about this album? As with previous albums by the Wildhearts, it's another storming journey of a mixture between rock and furious metal. Ginger's lyrics have always captured the mind and the album is not short of massive riffs either. "Rooting For the Bad Guy" kicks everything off with crunching guitars and thunderous drums, which is the order of the day throughout the whole album.
There are softer songs on the album, too. "Slaughtered Authors" deals with the record industry and how artists are held at virtual gunpoint to produce record after record, all in the name of a few dollars for the fat cats, and pennies for the artists themselves, compared. "Bi-Polar Baby" is a song about living with someone who has the bi-polar disease and how it can affect those around you.
In summary, this is a brilliant album and one I come back to quite often. The Wildhearts might not be a band for everyone but if you like pop/punk/rock/metal all rolled into one, it's all on this album. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone.
1. Rooting For the Bad Guy
2. The Sweetest Song
3. The Revoution Will be Televised
4. The New Flesh
5. Slaughtered Authors
6. The Hard Way
7. Inner City Overture
8. Bi-Polar Baby
9. She's All That
10. Destroy All Monsters
My rating: 9/10
For a band that have been through so many ups and downs over the years, caused so much chaos and controversy and never truly received the recognition they deserved, The Wildhearts are now back and stronger than ever. Frontman Ginger, also known from The Quireboys and as a solo artist has promised that the days of alcohol and drug abuse are over and the band are fresher, tighter, heavier and stronger than ever with a self titled album under their wing.
The album kicks off with a typical Wildhearts track, Rooting For The Bad Guy, which contains some heavier than ever guitar riffs, screeching melodies and many many changes to keep you entertained through in excess of seven minutes or pure rock genius. The next track, titled The Sweetest Song, has to be the single most offensive, sleazy but classic rock song I've ever heard with the chorus adding a touch of ironic delight to the occasion.
The Wildhearts then go on to slam the UK government in their usual style with The Revolution Will Be Televised before continuing to state their anarchistic opinion of war and betrayal in The New Flesh, a very touching but very heavy song.
Things become toned down a little after the initial impact and shock of the album with Inner City Overture, which seems to be a pleasant kind of rock anthem, classic in nature and catchy in melody. Bi-Polar Baby takes you back to The Wildhearts roots and original style of experience induced sexism before moving on to She's All That, which I didn't like that much if I'm honest. The final track, Destroy All Monsters, which has just had a video released, is the almighty bash up of the album containing many various and overly heavy aggressive riffs that slam your speakers in a cross between rock, thrash, metal and creative originality all rolled up into one.
With an unsteady twenty year long career behind them, The Wildhearts have never acheived the recognition they deserve but since the release of this album things seem to be looking up for them. The album has a very fresh feel and is extremely original aswell as managing to maintain that classic Wildhearts sound which you just couldn't mistake. This album is without doubt a classic and if it had been released a decade or two earlier, when rock music was in it's heyday then this would be well remembered by every rock fan out there.
In my own personal opinion this is the best rock album ever released, I might even go as far to say that it's better than Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Rooting For The Bad Guy
2 The Sweetest Song
3 The Revolution Will Be Televised
4 The New Flesh
5 Slaughtered Authors
6 The Hard Way
7 Inner City Overture
8 Bi-Polar Baby
9 She's All That
10 Destroy All Monsters