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Another bottle of pop
on 8 February 2006
I enjoyed this album a lot when it came out in 1994 then didn't listen to it again for years. Such is pop. "Thirsty Work" is a breezy album, full of enthusiasm and catchy melodies. It also features a staggering array of styles and approaches. Once again Quo stray farther from their old path than is good for them.
You can still find some straight rock, notably "Soft In The Head", "Like It Or Not" and "Rude Awakening Time". The best songs are a little more sophisticated however. "Confidence", "The Point Of No Return" and "Goin' Nowhere" are not examples of Quo at their hardest but still possess some gravity. There are also some fast, joyous numbers that work well, these being "Sherri", "Back On My Feet Again" and "Ciao Ciao".
As for the experiments, "Lover Of The Human Race" is too depressing for this album, the mix of rock and tango doesn't fare as badly as you'd think and "Sail Away" is a jolly little number that reminds me of Captain Pugwash for some reason. Then there are the dreaded ballads. "Sorry" I can forgive them for, but Jennifer Warnes' "Restless" I can't. They even performed it on the tour when I saw them at Sheffield.
Not what the older fans want then and the bonus tracks are bland but mostly enjoyable on its own terms.