Power of Metal.dk Review

Ted Nugent
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 4 July, 2014
Playing time: 47:33

The fourth of July is the release date of Uncle Ted Nugent's latest album 'Shutup&Jam!'. Either you love this ultra radical madman or do you just ignore him. I'm impressed by his burning and his true love for his homeland and the American flag. I have been a fan of this magical guitarist through the years and usually doesn't miss an opportunity to see this show man on a stage, when he plays in Sweden.

The latest studio albums haven't been in an caliber, which have been attracting a purchase. I was hoping that this disc could be a step back to his old hard rocking style. After my first spin of "Shutup&Jam!", I became both confused and a little disappointed with this album, but I believe I have too high expectations after my seven years longing since the last album "Love Grenade".

After my nine or tenth listening I can pick some tracks which shake my rock 'n' roll nerves a little more than other. The first four songs are really good songs with classy rock n roll vibes, and a special vocal performance from Sammy Hagar on 'She's Gone'. Musically this is a really good disc actually, but the lyrics do I leave to you... 'Throttledown' is the most groovy track on the album with amazing guitar stuff.

Another track which appeal my mind is the straight forward rock song 'Screaming Eagles' with similarities to 'Scream Dream'. Uncle Ted mixes blues and hard rock in his own style and spice it up with his classy guitar skills. 'Trample the Weak Hurdle the Dead' and 'Never Stop Believing (Blues)' closes this album and these two tracks rescue the rating into an OK level.

Not his best album, but I do like that he still want to create new rock music and I respect Ted's passion and conviction for what he believes in, but I'd rather listen to his live album 'Ultralive Ballisticrock' from 2013.

Line up:
Ted Nugent – guitars, vocals
Derek St. Holmes – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on 'Everything Matters'
Greg Smith – bass
Mick Brown – drums
Sammy Hagar – vocals on 'She's Gone'

01. Shutup&Jam!
Fear Itself
Everything Matters
She's Gone
Never Stop Believing
I Still Believe
I Love My Bbq
Do-Rags And A .45
Screaming Eagles
Semper Fi
12. Trample The Weak Hurdle The Dead
13. Never Stop Believing (Blues)
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 73/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 8 July , 2014
Website: www.tednugent.com