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article imageReview: Ted Nugent — 'Shut Up & Jam!'

By Adrian Peel     Sep 17, 2014 in Music
The Motor City Madman returns with his first album of new material since 2007's 'Love Grenade'. But is it any good? Digital Journal gave it a listen.
Love him or loathe him, there's no denying Ted Nugent's brilliance when it comes to making no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll. Shut up & Jam! is his 17th album in an eventful career that arguably reached its zenith in the mid-to-late 1970s with classic LPs like Ted Nugent, Cat Scratch Fever and Free for All.
The album begins brightly with the energetic title track and finds Uncle Ted keen to leave politics out of the equation: "You say you heard it all before, I believe we've had enough. Everybody looking for a free-for-all, enough of that political stuff. Right, left, good, bad, it all gets boring and old. The only hope for America is that good old rock 'n' roll!"
"That good old rock 'n' roll," albeit with lyrics that some people may not like (still, Ted plays for his fans, not for the haters), remains his focus throughout and the early uptempo feel continues on "
Everything Matters," a song with that classic '70s rock sound that somehow manages to sound current.
The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, makes a welcome appearance on "She's Gone" and the interplay at the start between these two old rockers, both of whom made their names in the 1970s, is enough to raise a smile.
Two positively-titled tracks, "Never Stop Believing" and "I Still Believe," come back-to-back and are quite enjoyable, the latter a hard-rocking ode to the American Dream.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist's well-known stance on the killing and eating of animals is once again made clear - for those who might be unsure where he stands on the issue - on "I Love My BBQ": "That tofu just might kill you, toss salad makes you weak. We like to kill 'em and grill 'em baby, it's protein that we seek."
Elsewhere on this 13-track CD, "Do-Rags And A .45" and "Screaming Eagles" see the long-time Texas resident letting rip, while the edgy groove of "Semper Fi" (possibly my favourite song on the record) slows the pace down quite brilliantly. The final number, a blues version of "Never Stop Believing," also showcases Mr. Nugent's softer side.
Although this album is by no means the best of his long career, there is much to enjoy and fans of the often controversial star should find enough rockin' moments to keep them satisfied. If I were to award it stars, it would probably get three and a half out of five.
Shut Up & Jam! is out now.
For more information, visit Ted Nugent's official website.
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