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Babe Ruth


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1.99 | 17 ratings

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1 stars Thirty-two years after their last album (at least the one of the more stable line-up), this is a reunion album that features four of the five founding members. Only Dick Powell (drums) is replaced by Ed Spevock (who has hold the sticks from their second album onwards: he was even featured on their very poor Kid's Stuff).

This band is the most Mexican of the UK. Actually, their leader is a maniac about Western movies and a great Ennio Morricone fan, he will integrate and combine these elements in Babe Ruth's music.

For this reunion album, the band is exactly presenting this sort of music. Just that you have to add a very strong hip-hop feel that has been added ("Que Pasa", "Mother Tongue" (both parts), "Doncha Wanna Dance").

Apparently, the song "The Mexican" has been very popular in the hip-hop world and is consider as a cult song. But to listen to these beats is something more in-line for my eighteen years old son than for myself.

This band never raised a lot of interest from my part, only their debut was fine. But this one is rather weak. I would have imagined their great heavy-blues rock with a gorgeous Janita Haan back in business; but she only sounds like this during "Break For The Border". The song "The Blues" can be related with a good song, but only for the middle part. The intro and the closing being some sort of piano bar oriented jazz jam.

There is even a cover of "Apache" from The Shadows! Press next. You can do the same when you reach the funky "Four Letter Word". I know a four letter word which could perfectly illustrate this track.

The "best" moment of this album, is the rework of "The Mexican" which is split into "Mexican Millennium" (part one & two) and "Santa Anna" (which was the Morricone borrowed part on the original version released in ... '73).

If you like this combination of music (Mexican sounds with hip-hop) there are chances that you might like this work. I am at the opposite of this (even if my wife is Mexican). This is a totally dispensable work which lasts for over an hour! I can't stand it really. The rating? One star, what else?

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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