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Y & T - 2010 Facemelter

ALBUM: Facemelter
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Dave Meniketti - vocals, guitars * Phil Kennemore - bass * John Nymann - guitars * Mike Vanderhule - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Prelude * 02 On With The Show * 03 How Long * 04 Shine On * 05 I Want Your Money * 06 Wild Child * 07 I'm Coming Home * 08 If You Want Me * 09 Hot Shot * 10 Blind Patriot * 11 Don't Bring Me Down * 12 Gonna Go Blind * 13 One Life * 14 Losing My Mind



Despite touring for the best part of the last decade, it's taken Y&T until now to conjure up an album of new material, possibly a wise move given the abominations that were 1995's 'Musically Incorrect' and 1997's 'Endangered Species'. Here we are however, with the Bay Area hard rock greats giving it another shot, with Meniketti and Kennemore still at the helm some 35 years since they formed the band. Anything Y&T release will always be compared to 'Earthshaker' or any of their 80's material, so how exactly do the band measure up all these years later?

The Songs
Firstly this is much better than the 90's albums, which were inflicted with grunge overtones. Here at least Meniketti has tried to recapture the essence of Y&T's heaviness, with none of the late 80's AOR elements. That said this album is also very dull on occasion. I don't hear much urgency overall, with a slew of mid paced tracks which all seem to merge into one another, even after multiple listens. 'Shine On' is a decent anthem, with a return to the raunchy lyrics of the past and 'I Want Your Money' could even be a reject from 'In Rock We Trust'. There's a hint of the 90's with 'Wild Child', due to dour riffing and despite the gallop of 'I'm Coming Home' it's uninspired melodically. Only 'Blind Patriot' recalls 'Earthshaker's intensity, with at last a proper heavy metal attack in the riffs and some vintage Y&T melodic interludes. 'On With The Show' comes close in this regard also, but not close enough because the band just doesn't sound genuinely heavy anymore. This is reinforced by the mind numbing boredom of 'Gonna Go Blind' which these guys could have written in two minutes. There's probably too many tracks here at 13, which seems to be the norm these days. Maybe nine would have been enough.

In Summary
Unlike Ratt, Y&T have fallen short of the mark here. The whole time I spent listening to this I was waiting to have my balls blown off, something which never happened. 'Facemelter' sounds like Y&T through and through, there's no denying that, but it lacks the killer instinct. I'm sure long time fans will be delighted the band is back with new material however and I suppose we should be thankful for it, good or bad.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 25 2010 03:41:51
The song 'Gonna Go Blind' is all about one of man's favorite (err hmm..) past times. I think it should've been renamed 'The Wanking Song'.. Shock rofl no way
#2 | Jez on September 01 2010 03:27:34
The day has arrived for a new YandT disc and one I never thought would see the day if I am honest. What I love most about this album (bar the tunes of course) is the way they have completely nailed the 'Old' YandT sound. Don't get me wrong, I loved albums like 'Contagious' and 'Ten', but they were much slicker and not the YandT of old for me. 'Facemelter' most definitely is though and sounds much better for it imo. There are some very very fine songs on here, 'Shine On' 'I'm Coming Home', 'Wild Child', 'On With The Show' and 'Blind Patriot' just for starters, all unmistakably YandT trademark tunes and all excellent. It maybe could have been slimmed down a little, 'Hot Shot' and 'Gonna Go Blind' being the two big culprits for the 'Filler' tag, that could and should have been lost along the way, but 2 blips out of 14 still makes for a top quality album. As I said, I for one never expected a new YandT disc, never mind one as good as this,so just sit back, relax and enjoy a fine band doing what they do best.
#3 | rkbluez on February 24 2012 23:39:46
Agree with Jez here...excellent comeback album...more like the YandT of old!
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