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5.0 out of 5 stars
Not just a heavy metal classic..., 8 Jun. 2007
Just listened to this album right through for the first time in years. I used to love it as a teenager and it still makes me wanna freak out. This album is still as jaw-droppingly amazing as the first time.
What amazes most is how fresh it all sounds and how un-self-consciously inventive...the best songs (Running Free, Phantom, Charlotte) have tempo and style changes, covering hard rock, hammering metal, punk (yes punk, how could they not have been influenced by it, it was 1980 for pete's sake), funk rock and even the soulful break on Charlotte. Yet none of it sounds dated. They were obviously still looking for a sound that would fit and it's a thrill to explore that world on the cusp of the 70s/80s with them.
In fact, now it's even better for just checking how many bands have ripped off every riff, every guitar lick and every snarl in Paul Dianno's red raw larynx.
Everybody from G'n'R, Nirvana, to the QOTSA and White Stripes seem to have had a piece away.
Surely that's greatest compliment anyone could ever pay to this fantastic album.
Just buy it!