The World Is Yours


Motörhead Music, 2011

REVIEW BY: Christopher Thelen


Thirty-five years after they burst onto the scene, is it possible for Motörhead to still create music which makes the listener think that Lemmy Kilmister and crew have yet to produce their best work?

Honestly, after the disappointment of their previous studio effort Motorizer, I would have questioned whether this was possible – and this is coming from a die-hard Motörheadbanger. Then, the lads created The World Is Yours… and suddenly, everything was all right again with the cosmos, as the band – Lemmy, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee – have created their best album since possibly my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Orgasmatron or Overnight Sensation, two of my personal favorites.

If you were to put this disc on for someone, they'd be hard-pressed to figure that they were listening to a 65-year-old man sneering, growling and howling the vocals on an album that rightfully moves Lemmy's bass work back to the front of the mix. Simply put, Lemmy hasn't sounded this good in a long time, and the whole band seems to be energized by his new energy level.

The onslaught kicks off with “Born To Lose,” a track which dares to suggest that Motörhead is not only back, but isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And through the remaining nine tracks, the band grabs the listener by the throat and balls, and refuses to let go until the final fade-out of “Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye,” a track which, based on its title, shouldn't work, but does amazingly well.

There just isn't a single dud on The World Is Yours; it's ten tracks of Motörhead doing what they do best. From the pounding shuffle of “Get Back In Line” to the spinal tap-dance of “Rock N Roll Music” and “I Know What You Need,” the sonic attack is relentless – and is just what the listener has been desiring.

It's not that it was a bad thing when Motörhead delved into the world of ballads, as these tended to show off how good of a singer Lemmy really is. But The World Is Yours demonstrates that the saying Lemmy opened hundreds of concerts with is absolutely true: “We are Motörhead… and we play rock and roll!” Thank God for that.

The World Is Yours is a powerful return to form for Motörhead, and rightfully deserves to be ranked with the best albums the band has ever released in their storied career.

Rating: A-

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