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All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Announcing the arrival of Black Star Riders!, 27 May 2013
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When work began on this album it was going to appear under the Thin Lizzy name. Trying to please all the Lizzy fans and do justice to the memory of Philip Lynott must have been an unusual and specific pressure directing the writing of the new songs. With a change of name, and in the line up, 'All Hell Breaks Loose' can be viewed as a transitional album that allows the new band to discover who they are and establish the identity of Black Star Riders in its own right. What will be really interesting will be to see the direction they choose to take things in on future albums. Thin Lizzy have always been known as a live band and that will no doubt continue with Black Star Riders who are already committed to a heavy touring schedule for the rest of 2013. Many of the tracks here come with built in opportunities for the audience to sing right back at them.

Opening with the legendary dual guitars, the title track is something of a surprise as it is not as aggressive as its name might suggest. The anthemic single 'Bound for Glory' that fans are already familiar with is up next. This gives us the first of Damon Johnson's killer guitar solos. Ricky Warwick has a voice that is both powerful and melodic, shown off to its very best advantage here, singing his own lyrics. 'Kingdom of the Lost' has wonderful Celtic feel with Ricky looking back to his Northern Irish roots.

With 'Bloodshot' and 'Blues Ain't So Bad' Scott Gorham silences those who have in the past questioned his contribution to the writing for Thin Lizzy. After the pulsating high energy of 'Kissin' the Ground' things get slowed down just a little with the brooding lyrics of 'Hey Judas.' The driving 'Before the War' continues the war theme established early on. Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso has wasted no time getting to work on the rhythm section with Marco Mendoza. This new partnership comes into its own on 'Bloodshot' and 'Blues Ain't So Bad.'

Picking favourites is difficult, but from first hearing 'Valley of the Stones' has been right up there. Every track has its own merits, but after just a few hearings I would add to that 'Bloodshot' and 'Blues Ain't So Bad.' On first hearing 'Hoodoo Voodoo' and 'Someday Salvation' didn't work quite as successfully for me, but several listens in, the little devils are worming their way into my brain.

The Special Edition comes with the bonus track 'Right to be Wrong' - well worth paying a bit extra to get this one. The `Making Of' DVD is also well worth having. It gives some really interesting insights into the songs, and how everything came together. It also works well to introduce Jimmy to the fans.

With this album Black Star Riders announce their arrival - a force to be reckoned with, with the Thin Lizzy spirit running through it. Warwick/Johnson will be a partnership to be looking for in the writing credits for years to come. I defy anyone not to be dancing round the room while listening to All Hell Breaks Loose (Air guitarists - I leave that to your discretion.)
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Diamonds And Dirt
Diamonds And Dirt
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues Boy is Back!, 22 April 2011
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This review is from: Diamonds And Dirt (Audio CD)
Long awaited means much more than a cliche here, but patience is rewarded and waiting until he could get all the musicians together that he wanted to work with on this project has really paid off for Brian Robertson. Being free of record company dictates enables him to deliver 'Diamonds and Dirt' exactly as he wants it to be. Best known as one of the grand masters of the rock guitar, here he demonstrates he is equally adept with keyboards, drums and when sharing in the lead and backing vocals.

This is a classy mix of blues and melodic rock, but with enough grit to keep the hard rockers happy. It is difficult to single out one track for praise above the others. They all keep growing on you as keep listening. For today I pick 'Diamonds and Dirt', 'Texas Wind' and 'Blues Boy', but ask me tomorrow and it might be a whole different list. You have to hear the brilliant version of Jim White's '10 Miles to go on a 9 Mile Road' - that is such a dirty laugh Mr. Robertson!

And Liny Wood - what a great find! Her vocals really add something extra, especially on the title track.

More soon please!

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