Picks and Pans Review: State of Shock
updated 07/09/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/09/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Despite the title and cover art (lightning bolts shooting from Nugent's hands as he plays his guitar), this album is hardly electrifying. Intense, breakneck, raw and rudimentary, yes, but still a notch below the delirious pace of Free for All and his live album Double Live Gonzo. There is a well-crafted adaptation of the Beatles' I Want to Tell You and a thrilling killer-cut called Snake Charmer. The rest, however, is indistinct. There is, for instance, a song-ending solo on Satisfied that is spookily reminiscent of Eric Clapton's classic on Badge, one of Cream's, and rock's, finest moments. Beyond the nostalgic rush, that solo points up the considerable differences between a power-riffer like Nugent and a fluid stylist like Clapton.