In the absence of a standard review this week, mostly because there are no noteworthy album releases as of late, I will instead be posting the best albums of 2015. No, before you ask, I will not be reviewing the sub-par Red Hot Chili Peppers album, as I’d end up complaining about Kiedis’s abuse of the word California in every song. I had written reviews of the top fifteen on another site, so now you’ll be able to listen to the glory that happened up to 18 months ago. In honor of 2015, 15 releases were chosen to be the best instead of the standard 10. This first album on the list was the final album by the band Motorhead, which was released four months prior to the sad passing of Lemmy Kilmister. This was the only review on the list that did not have a full entry, and instead was just a few paragraphs as an honorary spot for a fallen metal god.
This album ran into stiff opposition with bands like Ghost and Spock’s Beard also putting out new big albums around the same time, so it just slipped through the cracks on the reviews. As most of you know, Lemmy Kilmister, the frontman of Motorhead and rock legend, passed away at 70 years old on Monday, December 28th. He had many health conditions, and always lived a hard life.
Release Date: August 28, 2015
The album released by Motorhead, titled Bad Magic, was their 22nd and final album. Even if Lemmy was still with us, I doubt they would have made many more after this. It was tough to see and hear him get old like this, because you could hear in his voice that he was struggling in the studio. They had been hit or miss over the years, and tried their best to capture the magic that made them a major force in the late 70s and early 80s. They manage to get some of that back, with tracks like Victory or Die, Electricity, and Evil Eye, and even after all these years, they can still hit it hard.
I feel a strange sense of nostalgia when I listen to this, and even some sadness when I listen to a track like Tell Me Who to Kill. As a final note about this album, them closing with a cover of Sympathy for the Devil was a very strange thing to hear. This album does show the band’s age more than others recently released have, and yet they still manage to feel young while rocking out like this. This album has a lot parallels to Lemmy’s life, because even at the end he was still partying as hard as he was 40 years ago with Hawkwind and starting Motorhead.
Rest in peace, Lemmy.