Suzi Quatro - Your Mama Won't Like Me/Aggro-Phobia (7T's)
THere is a renewed interest in Suzi Quatro these days. Reason? Her last two albums really mark a serious return to form, and it appears this pioneer-female rocker was deeply missed by her fans. The labels of course took notice, and decided to bring back her entire back catalog in re-mastered and expanded form. Great news, since some of these records were impossible to find. The two written about here are more common, but they are essential if you're Suzi Q fan.
"Your Mama Won't Like Me" was originally released back in 1975, and it was her 3rd album. After two heavy rocking albums, this one showed a little bit of a direction change. The sound of this album appears to be directed more at the adult contemporary crowd, who probably couldn't understand Quatro in the first place. This is still the 70s, when she's considered to be a rebel from hell. At the end of the day, it was a good record with some absolute highlights, but not as in your face as the previous two. Here the album is expanded by four bonus cuts, and as always some great liner notes.
"Aggro-Phobia" was album number four, and it dates back to 1976. Unlike the previous album, this one returns with a definite punch. It's the Suzi Quatro you knew and loved. The album just delivers the goods from the first song onwards, and even the bonus tracks go nicely with the record, as if they were part of it from the very beginning. If the last album seemed a little bit confused, this one leaves no illusions as to what is this performer after.
Both records show Suzi Quatro as an artist who is still trying to be herself, but at the same time willing to try new things, experiment, and always expand her style. From the perspective of time, all of these things from the past, allowed Suzi Quatro to make this wonderful come back in the recent years. And if there were mistake sin the past, she's certainly not making them now.