Spinal Tap - Back From the Dead

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film "This is Spinal Tap", and now England's "loudest heavy metal band "Spinal Tap" are celebrating with the release of their first new album in almost two decades "Back From The Dead", following 1992's "Break Like The Wind", but does the world still want or need Spinal Tap?

Well to be honest, yes! Spinal Tap have always shown that rock fans and bands a like are not ashamed of laughing at themselves, and if you ask any artist from any genre of music I can guarantee that they've had a Spinal Tap moment or two in their careers!

With "Back From The Dead" the comedy Gods of heavy metal return with a mix of old classics (many re-worked) like the (funky) "Sex Farm" and new material like "Celtic Blues", "Warmer Than Hell", "Short and Sweet", "Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare" and "Back From The Dead".

Do the reworkings actually work?
Erm... I guess yes! "Sex Farm" has a funky jazzed out feel to the music and even a little rap in the middle, which is interesting, and they've given "Flower People" a reggae style make over. In many cases I do prefer the original versions that appeared in the movie to these re-workings although they do benefit from the better and more modern production.

Are the new tracks any good, well they're typical Tap, so if you like Tap then you're gonna love em.

If you remember the movie, grab this CD, if you don't well check it out!

Highly recommended, Long Live Tap!

Rating 11/10

by Barry Gennard

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