Classic Rock Magazine: The Best Of 2012, Pt 2.
Here we have another Classic Rock Magazine compilation CD, the Best Of 2012 Pt2 (issue #179). This was most generously sent my way by our Heavy Metal Overlord (long may he reign Hail Hail!).
Roll up yer sleeves, let’s get in there and give ‘er!
Foxy Shazam has a great band name. Seriously. They kick us off with Welcome To The Church Of Rock ’N Roll. I like everything about this song except the chorus, which amounts to an ad nauseum repeated “welcometothechurchofrockandroll.” I mean, it works, but it doesn’t mean I wanna listen to it or sing along.Otherwise, it’s a solid rawk track. I like the trumpet part. Of course I do. I always cheer for the trumpets.
Rival Sons’ Until The Sun Comes is competent rock but, sorry guys, it just didn’t stick in my head at all. It’s this weird amalgam of hard and soft rock that shouldn’t work and yet this track exists.
Heart’s Fanatic is next, and oh man I’ve always loved these ladies. The vocals are still there, in spades, and this is a great blues stomp track. Loved it. [Now this… I want more of THIS].
Band Of Skulls’ The Devil Takes Care of His Own starts out promisingly, and becomes a nice rock thumper that gets better as it goes along.
Monster Truck does Righteous Smoke, which I knew already, from our local animal-themed rawk radio station. It’s a fun sing-along that morphs into a bluesy rocker. I liked this, structurally formulaic as it is (and that’s in a good way, I swear).
The Pineapple Thief is a dumb name for a band, sorry folks. And all I could think when I heard their song called All The Wars is “Oh god we wish we were radiohead!” NEXT.
Cory Branan’s Hold Me Down is a sort of middle of the road singer-songwriter strummy rock-ish song. OK, but mostly unremarkable. Not that I could do better, Cory. Just saying.
Lucero does Women And Work, which is a classic-sounding barroom honky-tonk track, complete with horn section. Yup, I really liked this one! Dance, mofo, dance!
The Jim Jones Revue’s Where Da Money Go? keeps the party going with another pure rock track with screamed vocals and wicked piano. Yessir, that’s yummy.
I really wanted Ginger to be the 90s Canadian band I liked way back when, but when I looked this up it seems it’s not, instead a band also calling themselves Ginger Wildheart? Or something? Anyway, their song Internal Radio is pretty pop-rock, hook-heavy with almost-disco sections, quiet bits, and crazy fast-rock parts. Holy hell, this song is all over the place!
Redd Kross’ Stay Away From Downtown is a big, anthemic track reminiscent of those 90s Brit-pop wave of bands like Blur or, no… wait, think Teenage Fanclub. Yeah, that’s the one.
Lynyrd Skynyrd does One Day At A Time, which is (disappointingly) not the theme song for that old 80s situation comedy. It ambles along bluesily, I liked it! Did I hear a Hendrix run there? 😉
Walter Trout, labelled as Walter Tout on the CD sleeve, give us Turn Off Your TV. Now there’s a sentiment with which I fully agree. I don’t even have a TV. Anyway, this is a very blues-heavy rock song. Think Buddy Guy…
Joe Bonamassa is next with Blue And Evil (live). This magazine seems to love this guy. This track sounds huge and echoey, the guitars have lots of effects, and the whole thing crunches along in a lovely manner.
And finally, probably my favourite track on the disc.
John Hiatt does Blues Can’t Even Find Me. Oh I love the work of John Hiatt. He only gets better (improbably) as he goes along. This is a great, simple song, sure, but it’s the highlight of the disc.
In sum, this mix is really all over the place. Some of it is great, some is “meh,” and some is not so great. But at least it’s a challenging listen and not too homogenous.
Muchos graçias to our HMO for getting this CD into my hot little hands!