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Slade - Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade
(Shout! Factory)
Review by Matt Robinson

Yobboes of the world unite! Your overlords are here again!

Back in the days when the music mattered most, the Wolverhampton, England quartet known as Slade combined the theatricality of Bowie, the musicality of McCartney and Lennon, and the power of Bonham/Page/Jones with their own unique stage presence and sense of fashion (fashion?). Now, through the magic of compilation, Slade is back, sounding as rough and ready as ever! In addition to their better known (thanks to Quiet Riot) hits “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” this album contains both lesser-known and brighter-shining gems. From the dance hall revival of “Get Down and Get With It,” the Skiffly bounce of “My Friend Stan,” and the chorused carol “Merry Xmas Everybody” to the balls out Rawk of “Run Runaway” and the lighters out balladry of “My Oh My,” the band sounds as diverse and driven as they were in their heyday. So even though mirrored hats and space suits may no longer be the way for serious rock bands, there are still few bands more serious about their rock than Slade.

- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR


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