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SILVER GINGER 5 'Black Leather Mojo'
Castle/Sanctuary CMEDD1095

Wildhearts mainman Ginger is a bit of a workaholic at times, as this album shows. At the turn of the decade, with other projects on the quiet side, this project came together and received a limited release (including Sweden and Japan, and from the sleevenotes itís hard to judge where else).

There was an even more limited double disc version with the second disc featuring some live, demo and acoustic material. Here we get the full version issued properly, notes, two discs, the works.

Taking Gingerís sleaze-metal, the music nods back to 70s glam; think Sweet, T.Rex et al. Only heavier, more modern, ballsier, done the Ginger way. Put the Wildhearts in platforms, flares and glitter and you get a good idea. Basically, itís very hard rock and itís a lot of fun.

'Girls Are Better Than Boys' features a glam-like boogie. Thereís plenty of guitar for the modern age, and 'Anyway But Maybe' isnít the only track to have a thrash like intro.

Another rarity packaged well in its entirety. Top marks for both the music and the release.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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