You know, Pretty Maids is one of those bands, that is fairly consistent with every release. They do have their slip ups now and again, but after 30+ years, I think you're allowed to have a few mis-steps. That being said, their latest release, is the furthest thing from a mis-step as you can get. Motherland is the best thing that the band has put out in years. Not to say, that they haven't been putting out great music, because they have, but this new CD is so solid from start to finish, that you can't deny it. The band is firing on a ll cylinders on this release.
Fresh off the stellar live release It Comes Alive (2012), the band has delivered once again with Motherland. The CD starts off in fine form with the opening track Mother of All Lies, which is a mid-tempo rocker full of melody and vigor. Classic Maids, with the catchy chorus and melodic guitars. It is a killer track like this, that proves that vocalist Ronnie Atkins and guitarist Ken Hammer have not lost a thing over the years. They just keep getting better with age. The following track To Fool a Nation, probably my favorite, has an infectious guitar riff that is constantly running though my noggin. If that doesn't get you, then the chorus will attack your ears, and show no mercy. Killer track. I could go track by track, but what's the point? This CD rocks, and there is no way around it. If you dig solid melodic hard rock then this is for you.
Bottom Line: Another veteran hard rock/metal showing that they still have the goods after 30 years. Pretty Maids sounds fresher and stronger than in the past couple of years.
Standout Tracks: To Fool a Nation, Mother of All Lies, Bullet for You and I See Ghosts
-Ragman is thinking that he needs to make a treck to Europe to see the lads do this live. Anyone want to lend Rags a few bucks, to make this happen?