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Mott

Mott The Hoople

1973

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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Rating

2.99

Votes

4536

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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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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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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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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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Fun

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

Good classic rock

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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 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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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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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

A decent album. Enjoyed it.

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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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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Good album! Rock n roll!

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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 Aug 27 2021
4

Rock! And Roll!

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Classic rock tunes

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Bowiesque

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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 Oct 08 2021
4

surprising...grew on me.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

A good album to chill

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

kinda good actually

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

A good listen

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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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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

all killa, no filla

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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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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Each song is bit different

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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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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Very Bowiesque. I liked it

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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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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Wham bam, thank you ma'am.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

3/19 3.5/5. Some fun, dope songs on this. Standout Tracks: All the Way from Memphis, Honaloochie Boogie, Violence, I'm a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Unique sound, average melody.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

It was OK. Nothing special but strung along.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Really quite enjoyed this and there were some lovely riffs in a couple of tracks but it’s not quite a 4* so it’s another ***

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

These guys again?! Once again they wear their Bowie influence proudly, but this time the man is hands-off. I think that after the help on the last album (All the Young Dudes), they were more confident in their abilities so it ends up being a better album overall. I want to take a moment to talk about the huge Bowie bias this list has, as he's come up arguably more than any other artist (except for Neil Young on a technicality). Sure, he's a influential artist, but do 9 of albums need to be on the list, including some of the passing music influenced by him? It feels like the compiler wanted to show off Bowie as much as possible.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

better than expected

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

sympatoche, ni plus ni moins, le 3 le plus mérité de cette liste

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Pretty 70s, pretty fun, good rock to start the day.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Didn't list too closely but seemed nice

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Tue May 11 2021
3

I'm mostly liking the sound of this album, but it can sound very grating at times, especially the end of "All The Way From Memphis". It's good background music, but I probably won't find myself listening to it all that much

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Sat May 08 2021
3

First reaction is this is kinda poppy. All the Way to Memphis was a nice toe tapper. The rest of the album falls flat, in comparison. The music seems, to me, more anthemic than I care for.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

All the way from Memphis is a glam rock classic, and it’s a fun album but Ziggy Stardust did this whole sound better, so it all feels a bit redundant to me.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Weird David Bowie

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Meh

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Thu May 13 2021
3

I liked the way the instruments sounded

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

ih aok

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Classic rock.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Somewhat comforting in an odd way, feels a bit Dylanesque in vocal delivery.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Kinda reminds me of The Kinks. I'd much rather listen to The Kinks.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Meh

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

"Your record store doesn't have David Bowie? Fine! We'll make our own David Bowie!" --Mott The Hoople probably

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Rather listen to Bowie.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Rock setentista que não empolga.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Wtf is Mott? Really shitty band name. And they couldn't come up with a better name for the album? Generic 70’s rock. Inoffensive, mediocre. I wouldn’t flip the station if I saw their name on the display.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Glam-rock setentero. Ni fu ni fa.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Unique. Cool instrumentals.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Upbeat 80s rock vibes

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Ok nothing remarkable

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

This band has stayed almost entirely under my radar, which is a shame: They're pretty good. Over the course of Mott, I heard a few touches of interesting instrumentation and a lot of more-or-less expected arrangements. I hope the Hoople pops back up in the future; I likely won't revisit them for a while: Nothing here grabbed me tightly.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

2.5/5 Decent songs nothing special. For me no song really jumped out. Still quite enjoyable to listen to.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

A fine album with one GREAT song; All the Way From Memphis and a bunch of really good ones. 3.5 🌟

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I really like the first track on this album, but it doesn't strike me as a special album.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Of course Bowie was a huge fan of the band, the vocalist tries to sound just like him. But eh, the songs are solid, no really obvious blusters, although some of the song go on longer than necessary. I got faked it by the intro track not ending at the 3 minute mark. They're creative and have an innovative sound. They embody the spontaneous goofy spirit of the genre too, so points to them... It's like the comedy rock of the 70s with a lot of effort put in. But little to seek out here besides a decent example of the early 70s movement.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Where are all the young dudes?

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Genre: Glam Rock 3/5 One of those bands my parents use to reminisce about, purely by name only. Mott the Hoople, a glam rock outfit from the UK, are full of whimsy, character, and attitude. The album here, Mott, easily the biggest record of their career, showcases all of those qualities to an extent. The lead single, All the Way from Memphis, is a riot all the way down to the ending sax solo, which could only be described as avant-glam. However, that's where the fun pretty much stops, as this thing turns into your run-of-the-mill pop rock album after track #1. Unlike Kimono My House, an album I enjoyed about as much as this, which never let go of its whimsy and goofiness, Mott settles for a very average rock sound throughout the majority of this project. There are a couple of decent tracks here and there. I did enjoy Hymn for the Dudes and I'm a Cadillac/El Camino, but everything else is pretty skippable around those. Super meh, but not terrible.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Angenehme Überraschung. Hat ein paar Längen, insgesamt aber mehr als erträglich.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Rock

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Took me a while to realise I wasn't listening to David Bowie! Decent.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

3.5/5. Very typical classic rock done well for the most part, with a lotta Bowie worship

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Average.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

7/8/2022 - ALBUM #162 Today's Album: "Mott" by Mott The Hoople - This album sits in my mind as simply decent. Although I am surprised by a lot of what is on display instrumentally here, with a lot of great glam rock and classic rock influences, I feel that it really is hit or miss whether or not the band is going to put together a solid song. The intro track All the Way from Memphis is fairly promising with this high energy and vocals reminiscent of David Bowie, but that energy is only shared with maybe 2 other tracks on this album and the momentum they create just isn’t enough to keep my attention through the duds of the album. I think the instrumental palette also gets pretty plain after a while, which is pretty typical with the standard classic rock setup. However, there are some solid exceptions to this when looking at the highlights of this album. Honaloochie Boogie is a pretty enjoyable track where it feels like the vocalist is taking a slightly more subtle approach. Drivin’ Sister has some really great moments with the vibey detour in the middle of the track and the powerful guitar strumming near the end of it. Although some moments feel a bit generic or bland, I think the production of this album is pretty solid, with each instrument carving a solid spot for itself in the mix. The instrumental detours I enjoyed on Drivin’ Sister are all over the place on I’m A Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso and it overall really works for the track, making it a great track to relax and drift away to. Other than that, there are just too many moments where the band is trying too hard to create something groundbreaking or influential and it just doesn’t work for me. Overall, this is a fairly promising album with a lot of great elements working for it, but the sort of 1 note nature of classic/glam rock and the lack of consistently solid songwriting make it sort of a chore to sit through as a complete work. Give the highlights of this album a listen if you want a solid crop of Bowie-like glam rock and dig deeper if it really suits your fancy. Just don’t be mad if you don’t find a ton beneath the surface. Highlights: All the Way from Memphis, Hymn for the Dudes, Hanaloochie Boogie, Drivin’ Sister, I’m a Cadillac Score: 6.5/10 A hefty dose of Bowie-inspired glam-rock

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Good, not great.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Yeah, alright.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

No es malo, tampoco es emocionante. Creo que hay otras cosas que he oído de Mott The Hoople que podrían gustarme más (All The Young Dudes) y de hecho la famosa del disco (All The Way To Memphis) medio me cae gorda. La voz se me hace curiosa, porque creo que intencionalmente la hace muy parecida a Bowie. En fin, rock setentero que no es malo, pero tampoco es lo más memorable.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I do love All The Young Dudes and this feels like there might be potential to have songs of a similar calibre. But I reckon it was very much Bowie who captured lightning in a bottle on that one. A fair amount of this is annoying and messy but I’ll be lenient and we’ll go middle marks.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

This was a good album, could probably work as a decent play in the background, but that is it. The band has a great sound in that they are a British rock band, and perhaps the lottery of 1001 has this reviewer feeling a bit over-saturated with that genre. Recording-wise, Spotify's version was actually pretty nice. Warm lows, balanced mids, not so much help from an external EQ except for what may be present on the Anker Soundcore P3 earbuds. The equipment is necessary to share since the usual equipment are wired IEMs or headphones. Back to the review, the album is not profound, the song "Violence" has some punk vibes in terms of lyrics, but the album as a whole hits the melodic sensibilities of a rock band. The first track "All The Way From Memphis" has that single feel to it, with a generous yet complementary use of a horn section, the song was their best offering. Overall, it is a fine album. Nothing to really hate about it, and nothing to really rave about.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

Good but not very my style.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

There was just nothing special in this in my opinion.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

It's perfectly acceptable middle of the road stuff. Only remarkable thing about this would be that around this time Mott the Hoople was touring with an opening act called Queen who would very quickly eclipse them in every aspect.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Absolutt fine riffs og overganger

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Musically fun and accomplished, very early 70s glam rock. I liked the first song.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

I liked this, having not heard anything of them other than All The Young Dudes. You can very much tell that they were friends with Bowie, the influences here are really obvious. It's good and fun, but misses something to really take it to the top level. 3/5.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I listened to this on repeat for a couple of hours, still didn't find a defining Song... but I didn't turn it off either, so it must be 3 Stars.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Decent classic "glam" rock album. Not my favorite. Bit of a poor man's Bowie, if you ask me.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars 2

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Tue Nov 01 2022
3

какие-то Боб Дилан стайл олды

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

First side is very Bowie-esque. Good listen overall.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Mediocre attempt to copy David Bowie. That’s not an original review but they didn’t have any original ideas either. 5/10

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

5/10 thoroughly middling

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

All the Way from Memphis is the only stand out song here.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

There's a lot to like on here, but I still can't help but see them as a cut-price David Bowie ripoff.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

a fine off brand david bowie album.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Meh....

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Pretty good

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

okay.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

How are there two fucking Mott the Hoople albums on this list? What is it about this album that I'm supposed to be enriched by? There are some nice instrumentals on this album, I'll give it that, but every song sounds the same. 2/5

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Bowie without the sparkly catsuits, the anisocoria and the tunes. Basically, Bowie without the fun stuff.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

This doesn't have All the Young Dudes on it, so what's the point? It's such a shame Nigel has left us and we won't get a tale about when he motted someone's mum's hoople.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

OK

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

I know one song from this band. That song wasn't on this album. That's most of what I have to say about this album. There were a couple sections that were a definite "no" and the remainder felt like "meh". Sounds like a 2 to me.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

Meh

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

46. E de pensar que a cidade das sufragettes que um dia David cantou podia ter sido mera nota de rodapé na História, tivesse a banda concordado com a generosidade do génio. David tentou consertar o que poucos arranjos tinha. Os anos 70 foram uma droga do caraças. MotA: Whizz Kid "Forgot my six-string razor hit the sky"

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Had heard of Mott the Hoople, hadn't heard much of their music. Not impressed, but nice guitar work on All The Way From Memphis though.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
2

“Mott” by Mott the Hoople (1973) With above average lyrics and above average instrumentals and sound, this album manages to be somewhat below average in quality. But it shouldn’t be ignored. Lyricist/lead vocalist Ian Hunter provides provocative images and actual poetic structures, although he has a habit of trailing off near the end of each song with thoughtless repetitions of key phrases. Gimme some resolution, dude. Nevertheless, his lyrics are intelligent, if annoyingly stuck in the first person. For all his fixation with the aura of rock n’ roll (tracks 1-4 and 6-8), he celebrates the transcendent in “Hymn for the Dudes” (Notice that it’s not “Hymn to the Dudes”). In this slyly Trinitarian psalm (yes, actually), he proclaims “God ain’t jive, for I can see his [the Father’s] love . . . And the king ain’t lost his throne”. Then he proceeds to warn the typical famestruck rock star, “Cross over shame like the wise dove [Holy Spirit] Who cares not for fame, just for shy love . . . You ain't the Naz [Jesus], you’re just a buzz, some kinda temporary”. While calling out his peers over the delusions of stardom, one rightly suspects he’s speaking to himself as well. And listening. But the decidedly unredemptive “Violence” is a well performed disappointment (“Violence, violence, it’s the only thing that’ll make you see sense”). Just because it rhymes doesn’t justify raising it to the level of a poetic theme, dude. The album ends with the almost wholesome “I Wish I Was Your Mother”, giving voice to a longing for the kind of love formed, found, and fulfilled in family. There are a number of musical strengths on display here, including expansive guitar and horn arrangements, and chord structures that sometimes approach anthem status. Some great lead guitar riffs by Mick Ralphs add spice, and the album could use some more. The guitar instrumental “El Camino Dolo Roso” (sic—should be ‘Doloroso’) is wonderful. The same could be said about the contributions of percussionist Buffin Griffin (check out the intro to “Driving Sister”). But the biggest music killer on “Mott” is the vocal performance (both lead and male backing). The serious listener hears poor pitch control, poor synchronization, poor diction, and poor dynamic variation—a grand slam of vocal underwhelmingness. Sounds like Dylan attempting to cover Bowie tunes (Ear bleach, please). It’s a record that appeals to those who rock in their socks and roll their eyes at the questions “Which one is Mott?” and “What’s a Hoople?” 2/5

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

Not entirely sure this is a real album. It feels like a fake thing someone would play in a romantic comedy, or it's from a fake tv show.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

Anticipated much more

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

2/5.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Yikes, even though my band plays some of these songs, they are not good

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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

not for me

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

The worst of 70s rock, no new ideas, second and third hand guitar riffs, the most cliched lyrics imaginable that would make Spinal Tab cringe in embarrassment.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

6th January 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning while doing bits of work. Jen and Laura out for the evening so chilled and caught up with sunny. Bit light and forgettable for me but maybe I wasn't fully focussed.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Really didn't enjoy the opening track, especially the squealing sax-solo portion which always gets a nails on the chalkboard kind of response from me. Seems like mediocre ballad-rock, trying to mimic a lot of other bands. I hear a bit of Bowie, I can hear some Floyd, but it's not very good. Just a band of hoopleheads I guess.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Just wierd

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

Very cool

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

All the excesses and rubbishness of rock n roll from the era. Dull, bit shit. Horrible vocals.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

British rock band that sounds like they really want to be David bowie 2.5

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

blah

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

Just another bad, boring album. Horrid singing and songs. 3/10.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Never heard a full Mott album before, in no great rush to hear another one.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Damn this got boring really quick, not bad but quite generic if you ask me

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Not my favorite 70s band. Kinda eh

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

Honky Tock Glam Rock. No Thank You Mott.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

Tremendously dated. All a bit silly

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Sun Apr 24 2022
2

- no thank you, glam rock only when its David Bowie....

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Sun May 01 2022
2

Christ alive this is bad.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Meh... Algjörlega barn síns tíma og eldist ekkert sérstaklega vel.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

Listened to on 7/11/22 2/5 Favorite song: Whizz Kid I liked the first 3/4 of most of the songs and then they took a weird turn at the end

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Mon Jul 11 2022
2

Forgettable enough that I even forgot to rate it over the weekend, and only just now saw my error as I was trying to go rate some Muddy Waters. It had a few nice songs, but man, nothing here stood out.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

Niet zo een opvallend album

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

2.5/5 fine instrumentals, but nothing stands out and is overall repetitive sounding

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

At best forgettable and at worst cloying and a waste of time. Not sure if this band is American/British but aping already stale Britpop themes isn't the way to go.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Sure.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

It’s ok. 2.5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

I found this one quite mediocre apart from "Violence", that song slaps. The rest was very generic "classic rock radio" and sort of faded into the background. I might give it another go, but maybe it's one of those where you had to have been around at the time to really appreciate it!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Making glam rock without any catchy songs is like making pizza without the dough.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

A pale attempt to copy Bowie. What a dull album.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Not good.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

Eh. Not my thing

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Weird that this album is on the list. Tries to sound like Bowie at times, glad I'm not the only one that noticed it

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

The opening song is very Bowie, the other songs lost me though. It's not terrible, but it is forgettable and it got old real fast!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Came and went, nothing stood out to me Album Cover: Meh 2/5

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

4/10. Was Violence a pun on violins?

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

Alright.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

get well soon nige. you haven't missed much. just a load of 70s bands doing 70s stuff. couldn't really handle this one.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

Why is this album so hyped? I don't hear the big deal. Is it the association with Bowie? Underwhelming

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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

I have no idea at all what this album is doing on this list. At this time, Mott the Hoople were three years and four albums away from recording "All the Young Dudes" and becoming slightly interesting for a few months. This is just a pointless late-60s rock dirge.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
1

Worst yet. Gah.

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