MOTÖRHEAD — Another Perfect Day (review)

MOTÖRHEAD — Another Perfect Day album cover Album · 1983 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
"Another Perfect Day" is the 6th full-length studio album by UK hard/heavy rock act Motörhead. The album was released through Bronze Records in the UK and through Mercury Records in the US in June 1983. The US version and the casette version of the album feature a different tracklist compared to the other versions. The lineup of Eddie Clarke (guitars), Lemmy Kilmister (Vocals, Bass), and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (drums), who had been stabile since 1976, saw a change during Motörhead´s 1982 US tour supporting "Iron Fist (1982)", as Clarke left the band as a consequence of the band recording "Stand By Your Man", a cover version of the Tammy Wynette track, in collaboration with Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics. Clarke felt the cover track would hurt Motörhead´s integrity and refused to play on it. Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson replaced him and after finishing the US tour, went straight to the studio with Lemmy and Taylor to record "Another Perfect Day". After touring in support of the album Robertson and Motörhead agreed that he had to move on, so "Another Perfect Day" is the only Motörhead release to feature his services.

Stylistically it´s quite obvious that there is a new boy in town, because the guitar part of the album is very different sounding from what we´ve been used to on the predecessors. While Eddie Clarke is a skilled enough guitarist with a signature sound, his playing style did become a bit one-dimensional towards the end, and Robertson is a breath of fresh air in the Motörhead camp with his more sophisticated, melodic oriented, and generally more varied playing style. At it´s core the music on "Another Perfect Day" is still unmistakably the sound of Motörhead though with badass rock´n´roll attitude in the front seat, Lemmy´s rusty voice, raw vocal delivery, and rumbling distorted bass, the untamed organic drumming by Taylor, and the huge doses of heavy blues oriented rock´n´roll riffing.

There are several highlights on the album like "Shine", "Dancing on Your Grave", and "One Track Mind", but the material on "Another Perfect Day" are generally of a high quality, and very few tracks can be labelled fillers. The album also features a well sounding organic and detailed production, which suits the music perfectly, so "Another Perfect Day" is overall a great album by Motörhead. It´s also one of the albums in the band´s by now huge discography which stands out, because of Robertson´s involvement and playing style. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
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