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Overnight Sensation

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★★★★☆
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Motorhead endured glam metal without losing a stride, so why should Lemmy be intimidated by the alternative music revolution? On Overnight Sensation, Motorhead piledrives along as if their last album was 1986’s Orgasmatron. This is snarling, unrepentant metal with a fistful of umlauts. Some of the songs groove a little more than the band’s heaviest stuff, but there’s certainly nothing here that’s gonna make Lemmy wince a decade from now. –Jon Wiederhorn

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  • Thank God that Lemmy and his crew were NOT “overnight sensations,” i.e., some one-hit wonder band, here today, gone tomorrow. No, rather, Motorhaed never went for easy fame. Rather, they put their noses to the grindstone and did it the old fashioned way: Endless touring, churning out meatgrinder music to make some eardrums bleed, cranking it up to 11.

    “Overnight Sensation” is thematically more of the same for this consistent group: Friedrich Nietzsche watching a peep show. The opening tune, “Civil War” drew me to buy this disc: Death, destruction, demolition (3D), plus Mikkey D’s killer drum solo opening the disc. But, lemmy’s excellent bass riffs in songs like “Crazy Like a Fox” and the title cut, keep me coming back for more. Listen to the bass reverb in this last — not all muddied up like the garbage you hear from those showoffs who blast their subwoofers in their cars to impress passersby. No, Lemmy’s bass is clean and full of vibrato, without sacrificing raw power.

    Some good Lemmy social commentary in “Eat the Gun” and “Murder Show.” Some heretical Lemmy in “I Don’t Believe A Word.” And, who hasn’t thought the same “I’m glad it’s them and wasn’t me” when hearing tragic news?

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Motorhead’s “Overnight Sensation” is another monster album from a truly monster band! “White noise is coming” are the first words you hear on opening cut “Civil War” and rarely has there been a clearer statement of intent. Bam! Right upside the head and we’re off. Track two, “Crazy Like A Fox”, comes at ya in the locomotive style that is Motorhead’s trademark. Bassist/vocalist Lemmy even throws in a harmonica solo of all things, but sure enough it works! From there the excellence continures ’til the final track has ended. After over twenty years of releasing albums, Lemmy & Co. are still at the top of their craft. I rate it as one of their best and recommend it as a great starter for those unfamiliar with the band. One listen will also confirm my belief that Mikkey Dee is truly one of rock music’s most underrated Drummers and Motorhead’s secret weapon. I give ‘em Five Big, Fat Stars!!!!!

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Ok, so you skip the last song. So what? Lemmy howls wickedly on every song. What more do you want? The disc opens up with both barrels smoking (the rock and roar of “Civil War” and “Crazy Like A Fox”). “I don’t believe a word” is a brilliant ballad without any illusions. “Eat the Gun”, “Overnite Sensation”, and “Love Can’t Buy You Money” deal with the topics of sex, money, and sex & money. “Them Not Me” is an ironic satire about who’s to blame for all the world’s troubles. The whole album thrusts along at the frenetic pace Motorhead is famous for. If your stereo can play loudly, feed it this CD!

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is an album that i loved as soon as I put it in. The riffs stay in my head for days. Its simple and to the point. It sticks to the motorhead formula of hard and fast and rates as one of my favorite albums.

    Posted on December 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Being very much into early Motorhead and the Fast Eddie period, I had ignored most of Motorheads albums after 1916, the album not the year. But this cd is honestly one of the bands best ever. Its both more thrashy and melodic…definitely more crafted in songsmanship than later albums like Sacrifice, but not as slick (a good thing to me) as Bastards. Its also got a very unified feel to it.

    The best compliment I can make about Overnight Sensation is that I now have to add at least four or five songs from it to my running list/cd compiliation of Motorheads best songs. And its a testament to this bands greatness that their best stuff will not even fit on two 80 minute cds anymore. Not that I am complaining.

    Posted on December 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now