3 out of 5 Stars!
Not sure why, but Michigan’s Brownsville Station, with its stripped-down, straightforward, Hard Rock swagger, often reminded me of Slade, the legendary glam-rockers from the U.K.—perhaps it was the simplistic approach when it came to instrumentation, perhaps the short running time of the tracks, perhaps the stark production, or perhaps the defiant streak running through many of the songs.
Be that as it may, Brownsville Station released Yeah!, its third album, back when I was thirteen, and with the mega-hit “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room,” helped to define my generation, along with Humble Pie, Foghat, Alice Cooper, Mott The Hoople, the aforementioned Slade, and seemingly zillions of other groups.
Although not my favorite band in history (indeed, I felt Brownsville Station about “average” overall), the band certainly had an impact on my teenage rebelliousness, especially when it came to that one classic “Smokin'” song. Therefore, Yeah! is a fun trek back in time.