Crucified is the title of the self released album by Jizzy Pearl released today (13th January 2013). I started out reviewing Love/Hate’s latest album but then found myself reviewing a Jizzy Pearl solo release when Jizzy re-branded Crucified after rumours of proposed litigation by former members of Love/Hate. The forthcoming UK tour has also been renamed Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate tour and is to be a Love/Hate farewell tour, although fans can see Jizzy in his new role as frontman of Quiet Riot.
Crucified gets off to a rip-roaring start with Hanging You Out to Dry, at just over two minutes long this was a short but sweet opener with elements of Guns ‘n’ Roses Garden of Eden and David Lee Roth’s Gigolo, fast drums, screaming guitars and then we go on to Sunny Day, which reminded me of Massive Wagons say Black Witch meets Dirty Little Secret although these are strange comparisons, this being a love song written to Jizzy’s girlfriend.
The lyrics then become depressing You’re Making Me Nervous about a date gone wrong ‘Do you think I’m a loser. Do you think I’m a fake?’. I Don’t Want to Be Your Baby ‘I don’t want to see you anymore’ very ‘I don’t want you baby!’ Love is All doesn’t sound depressing but starts with the lyrics, ‘Love is all truth and all lies. Love is all wishes and pain’ so it’s not a particularly happy song! Too Late ‘It’s too late for you, you can’t go back!’
I Don’t Want to Be Your Baby was something like May The Sunshine by Nazareth meets A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem. Sunny start then the paler keyboards! Love is All a bit psychedelic say Hawkwind’s Hassan I Sahba meets Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.
It you’re expecting tracks like Blackout in the Redroom or Wasted in America you’re likely to be disappointed. The album gets off to a great start with Hanging You Out To Dry but then it progressively slows down until it’s Too Late and alas it is indeed Too Late for Love/Hate and it’s not a particularly Sunny Day for Jizzy Pearl! Overall the album isn’t bad and I’d be happy to stick this on as background music but I was expecting more power tracks and more oomph! With only one really catchy track out of six it’s probably best for Love/Hate to say farewell!
1. Hanging You Out To Dry
2. Sunny Day
3. You’re Making Me Nervous
4. I Don’t Want To Be Your Baby
5. Love Is All
6. Too Late