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Be Bop Deluxe


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3.01 | 72 ratings

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3 stars "Axe Victim" is the debut full-length studio album by UK rock act Be Bop Deluxe. The album was released through Harvest Records in June 1974. Be Bop Deluxe was formed by lead vocalist/guitarist William Nelson in 1972 and this first incarcation of the band was dissolved by Nelson after the tour supporting "Axe Victim". Nelson would form a new lineup before recording the sophomore studio album.

Stylistically the material on the ten tracks, 43:20 minutes long album is a 60s UK blues rock influenced rock style with nods towards contemporary glam rock. Iīm hearing a lot of David Bowie influences throughout the album, and Nelson has a voice and vocal style which is arguably in that ballpark. The greatest asset of "Axe Victim" other than the vocals and the well playing rhythm section, is without a doubt the varied and creative guitar playing (both rhythm and lead). Nelson is the star of this album and heīs audibly a very gifted guitarist.

The songwriting is decent and the songs are relatively memorable and definitely enjoyable while they play, but itīs not an album you remember much from after it has ended. Itīs all packed in an organic, powerful, and detailed sound production (courtesy of producer Ian McLintock) and upon conclusion "Axe Victim" is a pretty strong debut album from Be Bop Deluxe. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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