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Rudd, Phil - 2014 Head Job

ARTIST: Rudd, Phil
ALBUM: Head Job
LABEL: Universal (Australia)
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Allan Badger - vocals, bass * Geoff Martin - guitar * Phil Rudd - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Head Job * 02 Sun Goes Down * 03 Lonely Child * 04 Lost In America * 05 Crazy * 06 Bad Move * 07 No Right * 08 The Other Side * 09 40 Days * 10 Repo Man * 11 When I Get My Hands On You



Given the fact that no member of AC/DC has ever recorded a solo album while a member of the band (to the best of my knowledge anyway) I'm sure few would have expected Phil Rudd to become the first. Rudd of course has been living in New Zealand for the past three decades and enlisted the support of local musicians Allan Badger and Jeffrey Martin to help him record the album, making this almost an all Kiwi affair. Given the low-key nature of Rudd and his smoky, solid exploits behind the drum kit, this album is the same, a basic set of hard rock with no inhibitions towards the spectacular whatsoever. It still manages to vary stylistically and is almost more likeable than AC/DC's 'Black Ice' anyway.

The Songs
This is the kind of hard rock I'd expect to see a bunch of punters playing down at the local bar in some rural sector of New Zealand, which is where Rudd lives essentially (Tauranga to be exact). It has an 80's feel about it, especially on a track like 'No Right' which sounds like it was pulled from 1985, a cross between New Wave and straight ahead rock. 'Repo Man' is the kind of song you'd expect from a dude like this, grimy hard rock which Angry Anderson is probably wondering how he hasn't written yet. Badger's vocal delivery has shades of Lemmy, giving it more of a street level vibe. There's a commercial vibe to 'Lost In America' where the melodic side of the band is exposed, but anything with 'America' in the title usually is. It's not excruciatingly heavy, but the riffs have some backbone to them all the same. Verging on pop is 'The Other Side' and some chords which resemble melodic rock and show Rudd isn't a one trick pony relying on sleazy rhythms and crude subject matter. Of course the title track does, but it's really what you'd expect a seasoned pro like Rudd to come up with given his on/off tenure with the masters of cornball over the last 40 years. The album is hardly an AC/DC clone, the closest it comes is 'When I Get My Hands On You' and its similar riffs, but even then it's tenuous at best.

In Summary
While thoroughly unremarkable on the surface, that's probably what Rudd had in mind with the album, nothing fancy. For those who like their rock on the plain and simple side, this is ideal stuff, with some worthy tracks that show a melodic side to Rudd. This makes me wonder what he might have contributed to AC/DC over the years if the show wasn't a two man operation of Young/Young. Then again with Malcolm on the sidelines for the new album maybe Rudd was gifted a chance to cut a few tracks.. highly doubtful.

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