This album seems to have created quite a split amongst the reviewers in USA who either love it or hate it. I suppose it depends on what you are comparing it with and as a fan of their music I would prefer to give them credit for trying to do something original. Taken in context with their other albums this is not one of their best, but on the whole Covenant has some pretty good stuff on it. You also get a cracking 7 song live set as a bonus so I don't see what the yanks are complaining about !
As is always the case with UFO albums it opens well with "Love is Forever" and reaches a high with "Unravelled", a typical Mogg/Way rocker with a catchy basic structure. Next is "Miss the Lights" where lyrically Mogg excels and the style is more commercial. From here on in it slowly goes down hill. "Midnight Train" starts really promising, winding up to a bizarre change of tempo in the middle eight which spoils it completely. "In the Middle of Madness" is fairly light and would be ideal as a single release. "Fools Gold" is also OK, a typical start slow, build and change number that is their trademark style. "Smell of Money" has a raunchy vocal, "Rise Again" is OK then it gradually fades to "Cowboy Joe" and "The World and His Dog" which are a bit lightweight and eminently forgettable. "Serenade" is a very different style and you'll be tempted to get out the maracas!
Being critical you would have to say who ever employed the backing vocalists wants shooting. There are lots of tempo changes which make the songs a little disjointed and generally the drumming is very flat and uninspiring. The fact that the album features Mogg, Schenker and Way gets it 3 stars and with a great live set thrown in that lifts it to 4 and a half.