Album of the Day: Motörhead – 1916

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Label: WTG Records

When it comes to discussions of the best Motörhead albums, the classics will inevitably pop up in any discussion. And rightfully so! Ace of Spades, Bomber, and Overkill are rightfully considered to be amongst the best albums by one of the best bands to ever walk the earth. Yet 1916 is also a solid choice, with the album showcasing a band sitting comfortably between heavy metal, loud’n’fast punk, and good old rock’n’roll. It also features a few more experimental numbers, which – depending on your opinion – are where 1916 shines or falters.

For me, Mötorhead are almost always at their best when playing straight-forward rock’n’roll. As such, what I love about 1916 are the direct songs, such as ‘Going to Brazil’ or ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S’ – a loving tribute to one of the original, and best, punk bands. Listening to this album in the sun, cold drink at hand and not a care in the world, most of 1916 sounds like Mötorhead at their best. But what slightly sours the album for me are the slower, darker songs such as ‘Nightmare/The Dreamtime’ or the emotional title track. They’re not bad songs, per se, but their mood and tone contrasts so sharply with the rest of 1916 that I find it jarring. Still, if you said this was your favourite Mötorhead album, then it would be a solid choice.

The best way to get hold of a physical copy of 1916 would be by checking local second-hand stores, Amazon, eBay, and Discogs – the best deal I could find was via EMP. It can also be streamed via Spotify.

 

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