Wash some Memphis southern rock attitude through some AC/DC boogie rock and Sunset sleaze and you have picture of TNA. Yes, you know what it means. This crew, which hovered around the late Eighties and early Nineties, offers 'take no prisoners' hard rock. The playing on this album is tight and explosive, but sometimes with a little redundancy.
Don't get me wrong here. If like your rock hard and gritty, stripped down, intentional, and ballsy, TNA is the real freakin' deal. But the hard punching heaviness is pervasive, especially in the early half of this archival debut. Between the boogie rock of All Nite Long (the best track), the gritty rock ballad Don't Fade Away, or deliberate and plodding Don't Look Back, TNA pummels you with excessive weight. Again, if only at the start: read on.
Yet, Hard Way, also heavy, turns on a fast spin and a melodic hook, and the drumming is brilliant. And I'm Already Gone offers a taste of some nasty southern blues. Then, TNA surprises with the pure rock ballad It's Over, an uncompromising piece that attracts as much as it soars. Call it a palatable single or rock video fare, but it's a strong song. Strangely, TNA closes the album with songs different from the beginning. Sure, there's heaviness here, but it's muted. You Cried Wolf, It Don't Come Easy, and Talk a Walk offer groove-laden hard rock: fine, fiery, and entertaining cuts. These latter songs might strike a chord with music of the times.
In the end, TNA's archival debut requires extensive attention. Certainly, this is heavier hard rock, and if you only listen to the first half, you might not be persuaded to their talent. But the band develops throughout this disc, offering surprising and entertaining songs. Would TNA make the cut when the music world was changing to that 'grunge' thing? Probably not. But TNA was rocking hard: kicking ass and taking names. What more could you ask for in the Eighties? Recommended.
TNA's archival debut requires extensive attention. Certainly, this is heavier hard rock, and if you only listen to the first half, you might not be persuaded to their talent. But the band develops throughout this disc, offering surprising and entertaining songs.
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