FATE Scratch 'n Sniff MTM (2005)
Fate released an all time classic almost 20 years ago, in, 'A Matter Of
Attitude', a glorious slice of AOR heaven. The follow up, 'Crusin For A
Brusin', never quite matched its predecessor, but was still very pleasing
on the ear. By the time 'Scratch'n Sniff' was originally released in 1990,
the heart of the band, guitarist Hank Sherman and the golden larynx of Jeff
Lox Limbo were gone.
2005 brings a complete overhaul of 'Scratch'n Sniff', digitally remasterd
and with two unreleased bonus tracks thrown in for good measure, I was all
ready for something special, with golden memories of the above mentioned
albums, I've found that Fate 'Scratch'n Sniff' era to be quite a let down.
Lacking the punch, the songs, the vocals and glorious hooklines of their
golden era, after a handfull of spins, I can't remember too much about
Scratch'n Sniff at all. Even given a fresh coat of paint, this album sounds
quite dated, with visions of many of the late 80's hair metal acts coming to
There's nothing downright bad on offer here, just a bunch of songs that
are good, but not great. But with no memorable songs here, your better off
seeking out the likes of, 'A Matter Of Attitude'.
Review by Graham Boyle
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