The Lebrain Le-rocks Series, Part 2
Alright so here’s another amazing gift from Mike. With this one, we’ve got Deep Purple in 1993, the follow-up album to Slaves And Masters (see yesterday’s review!). Ian Gillan returns to replace Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. Let’s see what’s up!
The Battle Rages On is a full-on tune of epic proportions, all the parts playing perfectly, and all held together by that monster of a guitar riff. Damn. You know, if this didn’t sound so damn much like Deep Purple already, I could hear Iron Maiden doing this song. Imagine!
For the record (pun intended), Lick It Up is not a KISS cover. Still, it launches us into bluesy guitar riff heaven. I liked the verse parts, but I admit I kept waiting for the bridge and chorus bit so that the guitars would do more of that thing they do! Anya begins with some beautiful acoustic guitar work, but of course that doesn’t last long. We blast into a straight-on rocker with those keys floating throughout. Talk About Love is here to rock you. Great barroom rock by a band that outgrew its barroom days ages ago!
Time To Kill sounds like exactly that, a rock band with time to kill in the studio. It’s a mid-tempo stomper, sure, but somehow not quite on par with the tracks that came before it. Still, that’s one helluva guitar solo in this one! The tune just goes on too long, we’d have got the point after 2.5 minutes not almost 6 minutes! Ramshackle Man sounds like a song I know already but do you think I can place it? Oh hell, that’s gonna drive me nuts. Anyway, it’s a decent rockin’ tune that (for some reason) makes me think of the southern States. Man, I wish I could think of what it is… Still, here’s Jon Lord’s big solo! Awesome!
A Twist In The Tail is what I’m talking about! Let’s rip out some bluesy rock at 100mph and go go go! Yes please! Haha that was FUN! Except that one line, where he says “I’ve been where the sun never shines…” Uh, dude? Hahaha. It takes a bit of a breather on the outro, but this thing otherwise just keeps on goin’. Up next it’s Nasty Piece Of Work eases us in with some noises, then fuzzes us out completely with a slinky blues riff and a slower pace. I dig it, it’s unlike anything else here. Lots of effects on this one.
Solitaire is an odd duck, that music that sounds like a million other songs, but then the vocals are just odd. Whatever that effect is on them, it sounds like when Axl sings low, sometimes. Weird. The whole thing gives the impression of being underwater, or done when the band was tired. I dunno, it stil rocks. Just an odd track! And finally, it’s the unfortunately-titled One Man’s Meat, yet another huge bluesy riff that Poison would’ve killed for a decade earlier. It’s OK, Purple pulls it off perfectly, and totally makes it sound like themselves.
I dunno, I’ve heard Gillan scream, and he really kept the vocals on the down-low on this one. He sounds… tired, and buried back in the mix. He never achieved lift-off, which is disorienting. Also, there’s not nearly enough Jon Lord pyrotechnics! But it’s still a smokin’ rocker of a record. I really liked it’s easy swagger and huge riffs. Right freaking on! Thanks heaps, Mike!