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On disc: Private Angel

Nailed - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars


(Point Music - 2011)

The Private Angel guys know each other for about 25 years and they played in different bands in the early 80's. Private Angel did release their debut The Truth in 1999, in 2006 the album Selling Off Time In Wonderland followed and now they present Nailed.

Kicking off with Human Wreck, an 80's influenced melodic rocker they offer a riff-based tune with a catchy hook. The title track is a bit heavier, late 70's hard rock with a das of late 80's in it, but it's the backings which seem out of place - as they want to make it sound more commercial... More late 80's sounding. Towards the end a choir - a bit Gregorian chant-like - takes over and it's even more irritating. It isn't a bad idea, but it doesn't work at all. Kush sticks out a bit with it's Oriental sounds, it's a heavy slow tune. First the Oriental-style vocals (background) are a bit annoying, then the multi-layer backings make it just average. The song would have been stronger without it. The riff of Shine On sounds very familiar.... But the vocals can pull it off - til the backings make it just another 80's like tune. And again it gets repetitive towards the end. Tramp Stamp Boogie offers nice guitar play. At My Haunt acoustic guitar and Hammond organ dominate the balladesque song. But instead of doing an acoustic ballad, they decide to get heavier and add backings.

Sorry, but somehow this album seems underdone. Some good ideas, some cool riffs, but it's almost like a template was used for the songs and only elements added. Almost like they used a kit for 70's / 80's hard rock - and so it gets boring after awhile. The songs are predictable. Sometimes it would have done the songs good, if they would have been cut down a bit - e.g. Tomorrow Is Today's Yesterday get's too repetitive towards the end. I can only to listen to some tracks and make up your mind. to be honest Nailed couldn't convince me. Especially as it isn't a young band doing their first album.

6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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