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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 mind.

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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