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Mott

Mott The Hoople

1973

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Mott
Album Summary

Mott is the sixth studio album by British rock band Mott the Hoople. It peaked at No. 7 in the UK Albums Chart."All the Way from Memphis", an edited version of which was released as a single, received considerable airplay on U.S. radio and captured the band overseas fans, as well as reaching the UK Singles Chart.

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2.96

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Genres
Rock
Hard Rock
Psychedelic Rock

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Mom, can we have David Bowie at home? No, we already have a David Bowie at home The David Bowie at home:

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Wed Jul 26 2023
4

Mott the Hoople are a weird one - started life as a meat'n'potatoes rock band much like early Slade, then got lucky at the last minute with a Bowie song, glammed it up and never looked back (for a while). Ian Hunter can't really sing, but his voice sounds great in context. Weirdly self-mythologizing, about of half of their big glam songs seem to be tales of hardship in their workhorse period, as if they were folk heroes returning from a foreign war or something. Obviously, stick to the Greatest Hits, but fully 50% of this album is on there. Have a 4 for the greatest hits (check out Roll Away The Stone, my favorite glam song, Bowie included) and for the fabulous album cover!

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

Nr. 32/1001 All the Way from Memphis 4/5 Whizz Kid 3/5 Hymn for the Dudes 4/5 Honaloochi Boogie 3/5 Violence 3/5 Drivin' Sister 4/5 Ballad of Mott the Hoople 4/5 I'm a Cadillac 4/5 I Wish I Was Your Mother 4/5 Rose 4/5 Average: 3,7 Nothing extraordinary, but thoroughly enjoyable

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Unremarkable glam rock. Apparently Mott was offered Suffragette City by Bowie - they should have taken it.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

Always a fan of this group!! Not an album I had heard ..Loved it!

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Fun & upbeat. Reminded me a bit of some popular artists, one that comes to mind is Billy Joel.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
3

Sometimes there are records that you should like or at least find interesting based off of your other tastes, but they end up doing nothing for you. This is one of those for me. Its a fine glam record, but it doesn’t really have charm or the highs of a Bowie or T-Rex record. Solid, but not earth shattering.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

oooh I like this already. some incredible 70s rock n roll. wasn’t a fan of the first half of the double track “I’m A Cadillac/“El Camino Dolo Roso” but the second half was amazing made me feel some kinda way. love me an all guy band with tight trousers and long hair 😍

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Great album this if you like influential Glam/Rock. Thanks to David Jones these boys played a little longer than they should. If it hadn't been for Bowie letting them have All The Young Dudes as a single after this then they would have quit a lot earlier than they did. Love "All The Way From Memphis" "Honaloochie Boogie" and "The Ballad Of Mott" which gives some insight into how close they where to quitting. Good Album and definitely on my list of Albums to hear before you die!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Mott the Hoople in the game of life.... yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.... in all seriousness, this is some stellar stuff and way more than I was anticipating. Whether this was at the zenith of the glam rock zeitgeist or at the beginning of the end, Mott is pure glamorous swagger throughout, from album cover on down. Don't dismiss the more soulful songs that are on the album too, Hymn for the Dudes and Ballad of Mott the Hoople!

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Wed Dec 28 2022
5

Hadn’t listened to any albums, but liked their popular songs. This was great.

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Wed Jun 07 2023
5

Never heard of them before. I thought they sounded like David Bowie and then looked up the bands history. Awesome album.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
5

I have always loved this album. It may have taken Mott a while to find their footing (with more than a little help from David Bowie and Mick Ronson), but they put it all together on this one. It didn't last long and after one more great album Ian Hunter went on to a long solo career (and is still making vibrant music in 2023 into his mid-80s). The combination of classic rock, glam and punk was perfect. Hunter's voice, always limited in range, wrote songs and arrangements that were aligned with such limitations, and Mick Ralphs guitar (on his last Mott outing before forming Bad Company) is tasteful and powerful.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
5

9/10 fantastic glam rock album really love this stuff

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

Loved everything about this album.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

This is fine stuff, hitting the sweet spot between glam, hard rock, rock n roll and pop. Ian Hunter has the perfect voice for a mid-70s band, the songs are dry and witty and Mick Ralphs guitar is wonderful. One of those albums you can play time and time again with tiring of it.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Like the last Mott album I got, I was pleasantly surprised by this album. Maybe it was due to lowered expectations (I've had a lot of duds lately) butthe songwriting is surprisingly solid and, while there are some tracks that are way too try-hard, the band sticks to its own thing for the most part. And that thing is solid. Not amazing. But really solid.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Really good - I can see why Mott fans love Mott!

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Really enjoyable Glam Rock, never heard of this band, but glad this came up. I get why Bowie saw something here.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

much more classic rock than i was expecting. very good vibes.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Sehr wie früher Bowie, nett

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great stuff. Some bits sounded like the love child of Davids Bowie and Gilmour.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

I really loved the first song, so it's a shame that the rest of the album didn't quite live up to it. But I still quite enjoyed it. Just good old rock by some guys who may or may not have enjoyed some recreational marijuana or other substances (not judging). I also enjoyed the occasional harpsichord, sound samples and over the top guitars.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Ian Hunter's vocals sound so fresh despite the album being almost 50 years old. A good English rock album

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

I do remember them... but I liked them more on this album!

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Loved It. Brilliant stuff. A proper 1970s album. One for the car driving home from god knows where, on a Friday afternoon. 4/5.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

I love how influential this album is. I hear so much Dylan inspiration that would go on to inspire Bowie to create many great albums. I love the ensemble production on these songs with their wide arrangement of instruments, not to mention that they are bangers as well. My only complaint is that the first track has an annoying bit at around the 4 minute mark, but a great album over all. Highlights: 2, 3, 7, and 9.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

It sounds a lot like Bowie. They were obviously inspired by him in some way, and I think they've done a fantastic job of recreating his sound and feel. Sure it's not a perfect replica but it's definitely not sub-par. Favorite track: I Wish I Was Your Mother

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Surprised me, was very enjoyable and had a lot of different styles

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

At first I thought it sounded like any other rock n roll from that era and a bit forgettable but as it went on it got better, good fun. Can't believe Chole gave it a 1.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

It seems very of it’s time, not in a bad way, it’s not overly sexist or anything, they are singing about old a Stuff that at the time would’ve been new stuff.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Love this! Glad Bowie encouraged them not to break up.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

All the young dudes! This song isn’t on this album but ya feel it still

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Классный альбом напомнил моего любимого Боуи. Глем-рок 70-х

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Only knew all the young dudes by these guys and that weren't even in here! liked it though

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Siempre pensé en ellos en una banda copia del Bowie glam pero la verdad me dejaron callado y sentado. Discazo. Puntos por tener una rola donde imitan a Bob Dylan y llamarle I wish I was your mother. Genialidad.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

This is a lot of fun, good old fashioned, bluesy rock and roll with a touch of glam. Mott does an interesting job of balancing their swaggering rock star vibe with this softer, more elegant sensibility that reminds me of Bolan or Bowie. All great songs, front to back, with no filler. Fave Songs: I’m a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso, All the Way from Memphis, I Wish I Was Your Mother, Whizz Kid, Ballad of Mott the Hoople, Hymn for the Dudes

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Entertaining classic rock album, not as good as some other legendary bands bit still enjoyable

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Great classic rock, nothing more to be said!

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Hard rock clàssic anglés dels 70, del que només podria pertànyer a aquella década. Com un dels grans pics del moviment, tot el disc en si mereix la pena, no hi ha tema que no sigui punyent, melòdic i amb el seu punt just d'agressivitat. No et canses mai d'escoltar-los. Quina pena que la relació entre Ian Hunter i Mick Ralphs no tingués més continuïtat

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Another surprise band. I had heard "All the Young Dudes" before, but did not know the name of the band, I would have guessed Bowie who actually wrote and gave the song to Mott The Hoople. This album sounds to me like a continuation of All the Young Dudes, the Bowie influence on them is very prominent. Enjoyable album, need to listen to it again. 4

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

i thought it was just a side gig from bowie but this album shows that they have their own quality in writing interesting songs inbetween rock and glamrock genre

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Never herd of this thing before… The album starts with all the way from Memphis it’s a solid piano rock song but my god, the singer is trying so hard to be David Bowie. There’s nothing bad about it though just a catchy well made pop song with whipping noises near the end are so unnecessary still good. Whizz kid is a great crunchy rock song but it’s slowed down chorus is the best element of the song really adds a layer of gloominess. Actually this is an amazing song my only problem is that overly processed guitar solo. The piano in hymn for the dudes sounds like you’ve just been knocked out in a boxing match really cool. After that goes it forms into a great acoustic track but yeah it’s literally the sound of Bowie ( luckily I love that sound). Honaloochie boogie is solid I love his distorted vocals. The chorus feels familiar but I don’t recognise the majority of the song. It’s not my favourite but still enjoyable. Violence is this heavy 70’s rock song that breaks into these wired drum/ violin parts that oddly fit, there’s also a sample of an argument at the end which really up’s the quality. The second half of the album starts with drivin’ sister nothing is bad with this song but it’s just the most boring typical song to be honest not bad though. Ballad of mott and the hoople slows down the album forming this beautiful centrepiece to this album the lyrics are a bit too “rock n roll” for my liking but there’s nothing bad about this song. Next is the medley of I’m a Cadillac/ El Camino Dolo Roso. The first bit ( I’m a Cadillac) is a solid rocker amazing gloomy sounding verses that explode into some epic yet lovely-dovey chorus. Then is the second part (El Camino Dolo Roso) a mellow instrumental I think it serves as a good coda to the track but it’s a little too long for me; actually this reminds me of the guitar solo in the middle of suede’s the asphalt world 21 years later in 1994. The album ends on a not closery note with I wish I was your mother it’s nothing bad but has nothing to it that makes it distinctive as a closer to an album. It’s a very good album, to an extent it feels too much like a Bowie knockoff but in a good way there’s better albums to waste your time with but it’s definitely an album people should hear before they die.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Strong glammy follow up to All the Young Dudes, with a more confident sound and direction. The back half going a more balladic direction was a nice surprise too. High 4 for sure.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

A good highlight of glam rock here. Favorites: "All the Way from Memphis", "Ballad of Mott The Hoople", "I'm a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso"

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Love the Bowie vibes in the beginning and the whole album is just really solid rock. 4/5 top tracks: Whizz kid Hymn for the dudes

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

I've always had a soft spot for Mott The Hoople. Yes, as far as legendary glam-rock outfits go, Ian Hunter is not as good a singer as his mentor Bowie, and the band is mostly known because the latter was kind enough to give one of his greatest songs to them. But Hunter is still an endearing presence, very eccentric yet efficient at times, even with his limitations, both vocally and lyrically. And even when Ian was out of the picture, the band could still do great stuff. I've always thought that it was unfair that their last album with replacement Nigel Benjamin has been so unfairly panned by critics. *Shouting and Pointing* was no masterpiece, but it was very fun and lively, musically speaking. It just had the misfortune to be released too late, when glam-rock was already a thing of the past... To return to the subject of *this* album, when Ian Hunter was still leading the band, what strikes me the most in *Mott* is how carefully constructed it is. Had that Bowie song, "All The Young Dudes" been included in this record, rather than in that lackluster eponymous one right before it, this album would be a stone-cold masterpiece. There are so many great details in it, from the tricky piano modulations of "All The Way From Memphis" to the synth bridge on "Whizz Kids", from the roaring and unruly chorus of catchy"Honaloochie Boogie" to the downright vocal and lyrical insanity that "Violence" is. What also strikes me on "Mott" is that the more you go deep into the album, the more Bowie's symbolic tutelage fades into the background, to soon become replaced by the one of Bob Dylan, not exactly a glam-rock reference to say the least. Hunter's frail voice might explain all this, especially on ballads very much under the influence of the American bard ("Hymn For The Dudes", "Ballad of Mott The Hoople", "I Wish I Was Your Mother"). As a result, the album is probably richer and more interesting than any other one in the band's career. And yes, this, even without *All The Young Dudes" in the tracklisting... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 843 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 85 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 39 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 32

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Hard rock de los 70's movido y con un sonido increíble. Sorpresivo verlo clasificado también como glam rock. Creo que sienta las bases de lo que muchas bandas legenderias de los 80s harán, combinando canciones de mucha energía con power ballads. Hymn for the Dudes, All the Way from Memphis y I'm a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso son las mejores. Gran descubrimiento.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Glam rock is just really fun, you know? It's not necessarily deep, but it's a good time. Also, this was my first time listening to Mott the Hoople. Color me impressed.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

I like their style of storytelling, and it's a very good example of glam rock done well but also with passion and heart in reflection. Ballad of Mott The Hoople is wonderful.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Very Bowie-esque. I liked it but it wasn’t something I’d go back to again

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Wed Dec 14 2022
4

Back half of this got better

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Sun Dec 18 2022
4

You can hear what they're going for. I'm still not sure I'm ever going to sit down and put on Mott the Hoople on purpose, but it's a solid album. Best track: Ballad of Mott the Hoople

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

Sounds like David Bowie's less talented brother. Still sounds ok 3,5/5.

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Thu Jan 19 2023
4

Quite enjoyable - part of a scene which was bright and energetic and exciting and so is this.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
4

Decent stuff, you can hear Bowie inmost of their songs.

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Thu Feb 23 2023
4

A band always ahead of their time.

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Fri Mar 03 2023
4

Très agréable écoute, dans un style très proche du David Bowie époque glam. Les a-t-on seulement vu déjà ensemble dans la même pièce? "All the way to Memphis" se détache, j'aime bien le banjo ou peu importe de "I wish I was your mother", du reste rien ne se détache complètement mais est plutôt bon.

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Fri Mar 10 2023
4

Hey had a lot of fun with this one! Really like the vocalists tone and there isn't too much noodle jamming to make me frustrated. Dunno what a Mott is or who The Hoople are but I'm into it. 3 and a half! Fave track: Whizz Kid

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Sun Mar 19 2023
4

Oh, here we go! Solid classic glam rock, which is really cleanly produced. All the songs here are consistently good and there are no duds - it's another one of those albums that makes you smile because the music is so fun and enjoyable. Standouts are All the Way from Memphis and I'm a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
4

Very solid. You can hear some innovation and a distinct voice here. Not another Beatles or Beach Boys impersonation act. Proto-classic rock you could call it. A lot of bands would pick up this baton in the later 70s and you can hear the roots here.

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Mon Apr 10 2023
4

A strong and proper rock record. There's a retro, '50s-ish vibe with the saxophone on opener. One recognizes that Ian Hunter can be a bit of an acquired taste (few vocalists sing with such an heavy accent, British or otherwise) but one hears real yearning and regret in it, effort and a certain hauntedness, and a cheekiness. "Ballad of Mott" is best, but "Hymn for the Dudes" and "Honaloochie" and "I Wish I Was Your Mother" are also top-shelf (yes one much prefers the sadder and more subdued side of Mott to the, say, silly provocation of "Violence").

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Thu Apr 13 2023
4

p298. 1973. 4 stars. Classy Brit glam rock that perfectly captures early 70s England. Camp, sharp and sardonic lyrics, some absolute pop gems, and it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Wed Apr 19 2023
4

Strangely sad and downbeat. An elegy for the rock n roll dream? Just twigged how Ian Hunter's vocal delivery is very Dylanesque. A really good album, just not what I was expecting in terms of mood and attitude.

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Fri Apr 21 2023
4

Wasn't familiar with Mott the Hoople beyond "All the Young Dudes" and "All the Way from Memphis." Pretty good rock album, nothing bad, nothing I *really* loved either, just solid.

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Fri May 19 2023
4

Never heard of these dudes, but I like this album. They threw in a bunch of extra instrumentation (violins, kazoos, etc.) and used them to the point that they were borderline annoying - but just borderline, never actually annoying. I think that's an art. I also thought I recognized 2 or 3 of the songs at the beginning and then realized that they just sounded like other songs I knew - songs that came out after this. So, I'm giving them a bump based on the assumption that subsequent bands of the era (most notably Skynyrd) were probably Mott fans.

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Thu May 25 2023
4

All the Way from Memphis is amazing. Honaloochie Boogie, Violence, I’m a Cadillac and I Wish I was Your Mother. Good pianist and bassist. A few slow places in a couple songs but very enjoyable.

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Thu Jun 22 2023
4

Given a big break by Bowie, name-checked by their 1974 US support act Queen, heralded as one of the greats by The Clash… Mott the Hoople seem to have the syndrome of “your favourite band’s favourite band”, without ever breaking through to the same level bar a few hits. It’s hard to pin down a reason for this beyond a basic “not as talented or attractive” theory, but it presumably didn’t help that the band wore their influences on their sleeves with mixed results. It’s astonishing just how much Ian Hunter’s vocals resemble glam-era Bowie, and hard to know exactly who would have influenced who more. The Ziggy influence is transcended on the exhilarating album opener (and one of the band’s biggest hits) “All the Way from Memphis”. It’s a slamming, no-holds-barred thrill ride: showy and theatrical opening, jaunty piano accompaniment, irresistible singalong refrain, and above all just a lot of fun. They have less luck with the ballads, though: “Hymn for the Dudes” and “Ballad of Mott the Hoople” are a little cloying and laboured. Then there’s “Violence”, which comes off as a bit of an awkward attempt to ape early Roxy Music with over-affected vocals and clunky lyrics. In the end, though, the bittersweet finale of “I Wish I Was Your Mother” (the most transparent Dylan homage I’ve heard in a long time) wraps the whole album up in a warm and fuzzy package to send home. The other big highlights here are “Honaloochie Boogie” and “I’m a Cadillac”: they may not be out to set the world alight, but they’re also glam perfection: crisp, clear, melodic and charismatic. Although “Mott” might be an uneven listen, its high points are so striking and left me sorry that the band aren’t talked about more outside of “them what David Bowie wrote that song for.” Play “All the Way From Memphis” loud and tell me they don’t deserve just a little more love.

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Fri Jun 30 2023
4

grandes canciones, relleno. clásico, sólido, los clichés del rocanrol, solos de guitarra.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
4

None more Bowie Only knew All The Young Dudes previously and figured them to be a one hit wonder How wrong I was This was great! Derivative of Bowie obviously but done really, really well

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Pretty good, but sounds a LOT like David Bowie to me, so I’m not sure how much this band was really doing something unique. But the arrangements were strong and I enjoyed listening so I’ll give it a 4.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Based on the album cover I was worried this was going to be another prog rock album, so I was pleasantly surprised when it started. A really nice, pretty low key sound. To me this felt like a 65/35 bob dylan/kinks fusion, and I may be crazy but some of it reminded me of parquet courts. Overall a good listen if maybe a bit derivative. Whizz Kid, I’m a Cadillac, and I Wish I Was Your Mother were my favorites.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

I only knew them for their cover. Belting bit of 70's rock

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Fri Jul 21 2023
4

When I saw the cover art I was a bit sceptical, but it was actually surprisingly good. It sounded good for being so old, and I really liked some songs like 'Honaloochie Boogie', 'I'm a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso'. The album sounded really good and it reminded me a bit of Led Zeppelin sometimes, which I'm a big fan of so this sat quite well. Quite many songs were "generic rock", but perhaps I was just in the mood for this when I heard it, not sure. Weak 4 it is!

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

Enjoyable but apparently forgettable.

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