Having previously released mostly live albums and DVDs, Oliver Dawson Saxon – featuring original Saxon members, guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve ‘Dobby’ Dawson (y’see what they did there?) – have, unsurprisingly, relied on cast-iron Saxon classics in their set.
Oliver Dawson Saxon: Motorbiker
Can former Saxon members match glories past?
And they shouldn’t stop doing so if these lyrically weak original tracks are anything to go by. This album veers sharply from metal-by-numbers chuggers, such as dull opener Chemical Romance, the title track and Sinternet, to truly lamentable shockers – step forward album closer Nursery Crimes, with its ill-advised use of, well, nursery rhymes.
Under no circumstances whatsoever should Hickory Dickory Dock or The Grand Old Duke Of York be sung over brutal metallic riffing. Ever.
The one stand-out track is the mellow Just Another Suicide, which, if anything, shows the band do have something special – if they’d just unleash their imaginations a little. And steer well clear of nursery rhymes.