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With Ian Hunter coming off two solidly excellent solo albums, hopes for his third were sky high, all the more so since he had returned, nominally at least, to a band format with the Earl Slick fired Overnight Angels. The truth of the matter, however, was incomparably sadder, as the ensuing disc emerged bloated, tired and almost wholly lacking in the energies that had hitherto fired Hunter's work. Overnight angels? More like overweight. There were some moments of greatness — "Justice of the Peace" is a bouncy pop confection detailing a shotgun wedding, while "The Ballad of Little Star" leads off a handful of cuts that delve deep into the Americana lore and legend with which Hunter, newly transplanted to the United States, was surrounding himself. Unfortunately, that might well be the album's greatest problem. As a songwriter with both Mott the Hoople and alone, Hunter's greatest strength was his ability to detail emotions — usually his, but other peoples' too. Overnight Angels, however, has no unifying theme beyond an attempt to "be" American — a state of being that a thirty-something guy from Shropshire, England, was never going to achieve. With the band similarly uncertain about precisely what they are trying to do, the entire album founders and it is ironic indeed that the only song from the entire Overnight Angels period that had any kind of lifespan ahead of it was a catchy little rocker that Hunter buried away on a B-side, "England Rocks." Retitled "Cleveland Rocks" and unleashed on his next tour, the song has since become established among Hunter's all-time greats. [The CD was also issued in an expanded edition.] Dave Thompson, Rovi


Born: 03 June 1939 in Owestry, Shropshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With Mott the Hoople, guitarist/vocalist Ian Hunter established himself as one of the toughest and most inventive hard rock songwriters of the early '70s, setting the stage for punk rock with his edgy, intelligent songs. As a solo artist, Hunter never attained the commercial heights of Mott the Hoople, but he cultivated a dedicated cult following. Hunter was born in Owestry, Shropshire, but was raised in cities throughout England since his father worked in the British Intelligence agency called...
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Overnight Angels, Ian Hunter
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  • 6,90 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 1977

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