ARTIST:

NAZARETH

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

SURVIVING THE LAW

(2022)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Old School
"In spite of a formula a little too redundant, "Surviving The Law" remains an album of pleasant and effective Hard Rock."
LOLOCELTIC (21.06.2022)  
3/5
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The quality of "Tattooed On My Brain" (2018) had made it easy to welcome Carl Sentance as Nazareth's singer. Twenty-fifth studio album of the Scottish hard rock legend, "Surviving The Law" must confirm the good dispositions of its discographic predecessor in order to definitively install the new singer. With the same line-up and the same producer, everything seems to be in place to transform the test.

The first tracks seem to confirm these good dispositions with a classical formula. A simple and very effective riff, a catchy chorus and the car is launched on the highway of a hard rock smelling good the whisky and the smoked pubs. The single 'Strange Days' is unstoppable, as is the fast and powerful 'Runaway' with its incendiary solo. The mid-tempi alternate with the dynamic tracks but the formula remains the same and goes straight to the point. And among the pieces which are likely to hold the attention of the fans are the bluesy 'Sweet Kiss' with a groove worthy of a strip-tease bar, the fierce 'Sinner' with a raw and wild energy or a darker and tortured 'Psycho Skies' but just as catchy.

The problem is that only the last track, 'You Made Me', changes the formula with a bewitching blues and a smoky Hammond organ. The whole is nice and makes you tap your feet, but you find yourself thinking about something else quickly. Without being to be thrown away, 'Waiting For The World To End', 'Let The Whisky Flow', 'Ciggies And Booze' and 'Love Breaks' seem more dispensable and it is easy to imagine the greater impact that this opus could have had without their presence. Of course, Nazareth took four years to release this new album and he had time to compose many interesting tracks, but this musical style often needs to be condensed to keep its efficiency. The try of "Tattooed On My Brain" is not invalidated but it is not transformed either.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Strange Days - 3:22
02. You Gotta Pass It Around - 3:21
03. Runaway - 3:33
04. Better Leave It Out - 3:33
05. Mind Bomb - 3:31
06. Sweet Kiss - 3:34
07. Falling In Love - 3:51
08. Waiting For The World To End - 2:47
09. Let The Whisky Flow - 3:06
10. Sinner - 2:02
11. Ciggies And Booze - 3:28
12. Psycho Skies - 3:32
13. Love Breaks - 3:12
14. You Made Me - 5:14

LINEUP:
Carl Sentance: Chant
Jimmy Murrison: Guitares
Lee Agnew: Batterie
Pete Agnew: Basse
   
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