Budgie
Bandolier


4.5
superb

Review

by OFace USER (15 Reviews)
December 1st, 2011 | 69 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist


Aside from the totally rad album cover featuring a 19th century BRITISH (or maybe Welsh, but really, is there any difference and does anybody care) rifleman with a Goddamn BIRD for a head, “Bandolier” offers more of the same from Budgie’s classic era. And what we are talking here is rock n Goddamn roll in its truest form (aside from the quintessential enormously gay ballad “Slip Away”). Although Budgie sucked hard at ballads (seriously, “Squawk,” “In For The Kill,” and “Never Turn Your Back on a Friend” are all 5’s without hippie-esque love syrup fests that make Joni Mitchell sound like MC Goddamn 5), Burke Shelley and the other dudes laid down some of the tastiest 70’s hard rock this side of Thin Lizzy. The only difference is Budgie was more METAL and that probably makes them better, even if they weren’t as good of songwriters. It doesn’t really matter though because Budgie riffed hard and bluesy and quite frankly there isn’t anything ever invented in the history of the universe better than good riffs so automatically Budgie is probably one of the 20 best bands ever because RIFFS.

Anyway, “Bandolier” is a standard Budgie album only the songs are a bit longer, and the term standard in this sense means “unadulterated a$s-kicking. “I Can’t See My Feelings” is such a tremendously riff-tacular song that no other than Iron f*cking Maiden decided to cover it for a b-side to the single “From Here to Eternity,” and even if Stevie Harris and Adrian and Bruce and Eddie won’t admit it Budgie’s song is way better and should have been side-a. It’s an honor to have your riffs played by Adrian and Dave and to be on the same album cover as Eddie. For a British (ok Welsh, but who cares) dude like Burke, that’s kind of the modern day equivalent of gangbanging Keely Hazell and Lucy Pinder in a tub of bangers and mash and Newcastle. “I Aint No Mountain” is similar in structure to The James Gang’s “Funk #49,” with the exception that “Funk #49” sucks hard in comparison to it even though it’s a great song. It also kind of sounds like “Mississippi Queen” only about 13 times more badass if that’s even possible, and it is. “Breaking All the House Rules” is probably one of the best 500 openers in music history. The real gem here though is “Napoleon Bona Parts 1 and 2.” Although almost every non-ballad Budgie song is one of the best hard rock songs ever written, this is the one that really makes opposing guitar players dicks shrivel under the might of overpowering riffage. I’ll admit that the first part of the song is kind of a gay ballad but the other half is just a monstrous riff-tastic riff fest that is badass enough to overcome kinda-sorta gay chorus lyrics like “hold me.” It’s a jam though. Among a litany of hard jams, this is the hardest (the 2nd part) and might be Budgie’s hardest jam ever. In other words, you should get this and the three Budgie albums before it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
OFace
December 1st 2011


173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m//m/

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Napoleon Bona rules so hard

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2011


21105 Comments


Fucking m/

MO
December 1st 2011


18890 Comments


yes, so good

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wheres Sonic Kill and Angel

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Had to finish reading first. Good stuff. Pos. Album rules, etc., etc.

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude youve heard Napolean Bona right? Song rapes

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Yeah, one of their best works. Akerfeldt played it on a radio show in Sweden not too long ago when he guest hosted.

Hard to decide on a favorite album from them, but I've always leaned towards Squawk. Great mix of early Rush-esque hard rock and Beatles influence.

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its hard to pick a best album. In For the Kill, Bandolier, and NTYBOAF all have at least one iconic song. I like Squawk alot but there isnt one stone cold classic on there aside from Stranded maybe.

KILL
December 1st 2011


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yea sweet review, such a damn good album

WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I like my OFace reviews better than my normal ones even though most of them suck pretty hard objectively speaking.

KILL
December 1st 2011


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

objectivity is gay

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

truth

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Have to disagree about their ballads sucking, though. Make Me Happy is fucking awesome.

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the ones on this arent quite as bad as the ones on In For the Kill and Parents

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Parents rules too.

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont consider that a ballad because its so epic. Theres a really sappy gay hippie ballad song on there I cant remember what its called right now

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


16137 Comments


Burke Shelley's got one of the best voices in rock.

KILL
December 1st 2011


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hippie ballads rule wtf

BigHans
December 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude not in metal



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