If I’d taken five weeks to write the last Slade entry I’d have marked it higher – I don’t like what I didn’t like in “Cuz I Love You” any better but I respect how it’s lingered as a baleful presence in my head. “Take Me Bak ‘Ome” has had the chance to do similar but no luck: its stomp just doesn’t seem to ignite, at least not until time’s running out and Noddy starts sounding urgent as the seconds tick down to the fade. Where it scores is in its noisy brutality – the nasty sprawl of the guitar, the massive handclaps after the first chorus which sound like someone beating out iron. But I want it to do more than that – maybe I just don’t like Slade as much as I thought I did. .


Score: 5

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