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Nazareth - Hair of the Dog - reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. Hair of the Dog
2. Miss Misery
3. Love Hurts
4. Changin' Times
5. Beggars Day
6. Rose In The Heather
7. Whiskey Drinkin' Woman
8. Please Don't Judas Me
Nazareth released a good many records in the 70's and had a million+plus selling album back in 1975 called "Hair of the Dog" that was a fantastic hard rock disc with some great, monster hooks and a variety of songs that were popular then and I think still hold up today without sounding dated because of its blues-based core sound. The vocals are are at times a little low in the mix and on the raspy side sounding like a cross between AC\DC's Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, but given the subject matter and dirty blues sound, it fits right in.

Of the tracks you get:

Hair of the Dog - After a short little drum intro this one throws out of the toughest riffs ever in rock. It's like a jacked-up version of the Beatles "Day Tripper" and it fits perfectly with the sing along chorus of "Now you're messin' with a...a son of a bitch". This one is a pure male, sweat-ride on a fat-bottomed Harly Davidson and I don't know how they got this classic rock staple on the air back in the day. The dictionary definition of Hard Rock should list this bad-ass song. Of some note, it was also covered by GnR on "The Spaghetti Incident?"

Miss Misery - Surprisingly heavy and definately Sabbath-inspired in sound with its chucky guitar riff. Unlike Sabbath's occultish lyrics though, this one is a personal reflection about the power of a woman to enchant and enthrall and it oozes anger and bitternesss. It's an updated, stripped-down version of Ulysses and his struggle to escape the Sirens than lured men to death on the rocks. One of my favorites. Check these lyrics:

Everyday is filled with shame / My nights are filled with anger
Hollow lies, forced denial / If you told the truth I can't remember.

You know I've got to find my way / Got to find a reason
Got to find your weakness / So I can end your witch in season.
Got to break the spell you hold on me

Love Hurts - Expressive remake and a complete change a pace here into one of the first power-ballads ever. Don't think it's just a superficial ditty like some of its 80's counterparts though. Great song.

Changin' Times - Simplistic blues number and one of the weaker tracks. It about the love/hate relationship with chicks, of couse. Would be a good bar band song.

Beggars Day - Straight-up hard rock tune here. Nothing glorious; nothing shameful.

Rose In The Heather - instumental

Whiskey Drinkin' Woman - Southern-rock, honky-tonk, bourbon-drenched good time that could fit on any Lynard Skynard album.

Please Don't Judas Me - Nazareth's 9-minute inclusion into the opus hall of fame with "Stairway To Heaven" and "Freebird". Some might call this one a little long in the tooth, but it's also an emotional, haunting epic about trust and betrayal. It's a hell of an ending to a solid set of songs.

Now, there is little variety to the lyrical content of the songs with pretty much every song except the instumental having something to do with being wronged by a woman or taking some kind of revenge on one, but there is plenty of variety and good times in the music to make "Hair of the Dog" a must-have addition to any hard rock collection.

-- 4.20.03
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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