Lord Bishop Rocks - American Lies

15 songs
69:23 minutes
***** ****


He's flamboyant, sexy, rude, wild, he's the one and only Lord Bishop. In a time where provocation and rock'n'roll are the perfect couple, I just can't understand how a genius like Lord Bishop doesn't draw more attention, considering that American Lies is his meanwhile seventh album. Granted, the predecessor Sweat'n'Blood suffered from a really poor production, so that I advise newcomers to the Lord's realm of sex, politics and rock'n'roll to start just here, where you get four re-recorded song from the last album, but this time in much more explosive versions, plus a couple of new songs, showing the Lord from a groovier side, and finally half an hour of live material, demonstrating how he is perfectly able to extend his two-to-three minute songs to no less than triple the length.

Lord Bishop could be called the original punk, resuming where MC5 left. He's filled with the energy (although not exactly the virtuoso) of black rock icons like Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. He's not exactly an overly talented guitar player, and he's also crafting his songs that they survive without solos, but the sheer energy he's putting into bullet fast songs like War Stop The War or Devil Inside put him apart from most other bands. Lord Bishop is playing deliberately with clichés, hiding his cultivated and intelligent inner self behind a shocking stage persona that is as acutely sexist as it is radically anarchist, when it comes to political points of view. I know a lot of people who absolutely hate everything the Lord does, but I know just as many who adore his shameless take on punk and rock'n'roll. There is no middle ground possible here, and I am proud to tell that I belong to the latter group.

The live tracks, recorded at the Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium, prove how Lord Bishop excels in entertaining his audience, and the live version of the sexy love song Honey Groove finally loses all momentum of romance when he tells what he really wants to do with the woman he sings of, and her mother too.

So what you finally get is a good hour of representative Lord Bishop, not really what I would call a new album, but a nice compilation of his older material, new compositions and his live shows. I prefer this one much over the predecessor, as you can guess, so I suggest that you get this album as soon as possible. And with the Lord paying a visit to Luxembourg in April, you know where you all have to be that day. Lord Bishop Rocks, never has a band had a more appropriate name.

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