Really can't understand the negative review from Classic Rock magazine on this one. If only other "big name" artists could record an album this good, maybe the music industry wouldn't be in such bad shape. On the other hand, UK magazine Guitarist, gave it a 4 star review, calling it a damn good album, made to enjoy. That to me is a more important review because it's based on the MUSIC rather than a soapbox review from a bitter old critic soap preaching about Mr. Blackmore and the good old days back in the '70's. Hey it's the 00's now!!
Now that I got that off my chest, let me tell you about Bananas. A lot of these songs only took two listens before I was hooked. I still don't like one track, Razzle Dazzle, a little too commercial for my ears, but the rest is pure gold and with such excellent musicianship and good production. House Of Pain, the song that opens this album is their new Highway Star, a killer track with great musical interplay. Also songs like, I Got Your Number, Silver Tongue, Sun Goes Down, Bananas (title track) and Picture of Innocence are among the best rockers they've done since the reunion.
There is vintage guitar and organ interplay from Steve Morse and Don Airey respectively. The rhythm section of Roger Glover and Ian Paice brings a precise dynamic that is Deep Purple and also ensures with dignity that this legendary band will carry on with that wonderful spirit. Ian Gillan's singing is focused and terrific as ever.
The last studio album (Abandon) left me a little hungry. Not the case with Bananas, it left me feeling like a just ate a really satisfying meal. One will also note the variety of songs of magnificent quality. On a final note I will say that any fan of rock music will appreciate this CD. As one UK Amazon critic wrote, "Bananas has some instant favorites and some others that will grow and grow and grow on you". A veteran band like Deep Purple is something to be treasured.