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Editors’ Notes

Inspired by a brief Mott the Hoople reunion and by the fact that, at 72, he's a celebrated rock 'n' roll veteran, Ian Hunter plays the music of his youth with the same determination and sonic power that made him a top-shelf rocker in the '70s. He doesn't try to do too much; he just assembled a crack band and lets it loose. "What For" is a commanding vintage rocker that sways with Stones-like guitars and a raucous all-hands-on-deck vocal ensemble. "Saint" works similarly, with a compact punch that's pure roots-rock. The fury of "Black Tears" blazes like it came off a stage in the '70s. "Life" rolls along with a hard-edged wisdom that shares a vocal likeness to latter-day Dylan, with a similar feeling of staring down a legacy. The Rant Band provides just the right organic chemistry, keeping the dialogue open between the singer and the band. The musicians here never play like robots, but like a living, breathing band, taking their cues from the lyrics and each other.

Customer Reviews

Ken Michaels

Amazing album from start to finish, Hunter surely is at the top of his game. "Life" made the tears well up in my eyes as I thought of the timeless simplicity but dead on message Ian brings so eloquently. Every song either rocks like a mutha or evokes a feeling that takes you off to places you could never go alone. For Gods sake, induct Hunter into the RockHall of Fame...the man is brilliant and his music over the past 50 years is the proof. If you never buy another album, buy this one..its a classic

Album of the Year

Okay, I'm old. I was in HS when Mott The Hoople hit it big. Mott was the first vinyl album I bought. I rediscovered Ian Hunter with his album with Mick Ronson, YUI Orta. Then came back again for Shrunken Heads. And again for Man Overboard. I liked them all, but this one is unbelievable. Ian and the Rant rock like they are in their 20's but with the intelligence and craftsmanship that comes with age Ian's age, I have no clue who the Rant are, but they are good). When so many older artists turn to ballads and standards, it's a pleasure to hear Mr. Hunter write hard driving rock n roll in the classic style of Mott at their best. Even the ballads here are mostly power ballads, with the possible exception of Life, a song written as only a mature writer can. Even the 'oddity' on the album, Ta Shunka Witco, at first listen seems silly. But then you hear the words, the emotion of the music, and it makes sense. I even asked my 11 year old what feelings the music conveyed on its own. No heartless studio production here. You will never see this win an award, not today. In fact it's a shame that only a handful will hear it. I count myself lucky (thanks iTunes) to have seen this as a new release and bought it (even though I think I paid more - it's only 7.99 this week).
If you are reading this you must be curious - don't hesitate, it will be just about the best $8 you can spend on music.

Another classic by Ian

Outstanding - the track "Life" is beautiful. Sounds like something Dylan would write.

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