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Rose Tattoo - 2002 Pain



ARTIST: Rose Tattoo
ALBUM: Pain
LABEL: SPV/Steamhammer
SERIAL: SPV 085-74212 CD
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Angry Anderson - vocals * Peter Wells - guitars * Rob Riley - guitars * Steve King - bass * Paul DeMarco - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Black Magic * 02 The Devil Does It Well * 03 No Mercy * 04 Pain * 05 Kisses And Hugs * 06 17 Stitches * 07 House Of Pain * 08 I Can' Help It If I'm Lucky * 09 Union Man * 10 Satan's Eyes * 11 Hard Rockin' Man * 12 Stir Crazy * 13 Living Outside My Means * 14 Heat Of The Moment * 15 Illustrated Man * 16 One More Drink With The Boys

WEBLINKS: www.rosetattoo.com.au


Background
For many fans 'Pain' is the first proper Rose Tattoo album since 1982's 'Scarred For Life', 1984's 'Southern Stars' and 86's 'Beats From A Single Drum' - though those three efforts are not in keeping with the raucous nature of the classic 1978 self titled debut or 81's 'Assault And Battery'. Finally this has been put right with an album able to stand alongside the first two. Original members Anderson and Wells are joined by Riley, who first played on 'Scarred For Life', and King and DeMarco who have been with the band for some time touring wise. The album was produced by Rainer Hansel in Germany, for his famed SPV label which contains Saxon also.


The Songs
'Pain' fits the old adage that singling out individual songs is pointless as they all merit a note, all sixteen of them. Angry and Wells made a concerted effort to return to their roots recording this, which means plenty of blistering Australian boogie that makes old pals AC/DC look relatively tame in this day and age. Perhaps the best aspect of the album is the overpowering Australian theme, which sees Angry giving his best Aussie snarl, notably in the title cut, an almost spoken word effort which gives Tattoo that streetwise credibility. With titles like 'Union Man', 'Hard Rockin Man', 'Stir Crazy', 'House Of Pain' and 'No Mercy' you get what you expect.. relentless boogie riffs with the classic working class ethic the band have always maintained. 'Illustrated Man' goes by in a blur, a maelstrom of steaming riffs and vintage rock and roll while 'One More Drink With The Boys' features a chorus made for such an event, real mans music here. To their credit none of the 16 tracks are even remotely dull, it's that consistent. As for the lovably titled 'Kisses And Hugs', well it was originally titled 'Someone To Fuck', which is heard in the lyrics.


In Summary
Presently the Tatts are touring Europe, where they have been hugely popular for some time. Whether 'Pain' leads to more studio material we will wait and see. In all fairness it wouldn't matter because they would have to go to huge lengths to better this. It's the album Tattoo fans have been craving for decades and was worth the wait. Thankfully there's nothing forced or coerced about 'Pain'. It's honest boogie you don't hear anymore and with an aura of toughness only a bunch of Aussie punks could create. A perfect ten, possibly the only one in 2002. Back with the boys again!


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