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If you come from more of a metal background or at least if you prefer Deep Purple's heavier side, then Abandon may well be the album you'll find the best the band have released since the 70s.

If you are actively against metal, and prefer the variety of styles found on some of Deep Purple's more eclectic albums, then Abandon may come across as a little two-dimensional to you.

Since the 90s, it sort of became easy to ignore the band when Blackmore quit, you would see silly song titles, odd album artwork and think that the albums couldn't really be good. Judging a book by its cover has time and again proved to foolish however, and if like me, you ignored Purple's Morse era, then you are actually missing out on some wonderful music.

I had also read reports that Ian Gillan attempted rapping on the opening track `Any Fule Kno That,' and rolled my eyes, resolving to never listen to that. I'm glad I caved in eventually though, it is nowhere near as unpalatable as it sounds, and the track itself is really good, despite the off-putting phonetically spelt title.

Abandon, as previously mentioned is Purple's heaviest album to date, concentrating on harder rock templates and spends the majority of its time in the mid tempo area, dwelling on distorted riffs before launching into lengthy solos.

Highlights include the blues number `Don't Make Me Happy,' which reminds me a little of The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking, the surprisingly heavy `Seventh Heaven' with its fun awkward drumming and '69,' which is just a great all round Deep Purple sounding number.

On the downside, the vocals have been better, both on older and newer Deep Purple albums, the production is sort of dulled and some of the songs seem to be holding back a little as a result, and lastly while the album is stylistically very good, the songs are missing that special something that makes them classic.

Despite these flaws, Abandon is actually a very good Deep Purple album and you shouldn't overlook it, I did for a long time and now really regret it.

In summary, Abandon is definitely an album you ought to buy if you are into Purple's heavier side, but likely won't do much for you if you aren't.
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on 21 December 2002
I am gobsmacked at the earlier reviews of this album.I bought Abandon when it was released and in the last four years I have played it more times than any other Purple album. In my opinion it rates with any of the 70's albums due to the outstanding musicianship and songwriting quality.Seventh Heaven and Watching the Sky are timeless classics and outclass anything released in this genre in the last five years.Any Fule Know That, Almost Human, Jack Ruby,She Was,Whatshername, the updated Bludsucker , Evil Louie ,Don't Make Me Happy and Fingers To The Bone all have an infectious bluesy swagger that you just can't help singing to and Gillan and Glover's lyrics are back to their storytelling best.The album boasts a beautiful grunty low down and dirty Jon Lord Hammond Organ sound and Ian Paice's drumming along with Roger Glover's bass playing are super tight.Ian Gillan sings beautifully on this album as with Purpendicular and he is really world class on Watching The Sky and Seventh Heaven. Steve Morse adds his usual perfect performance and collectively I believe this is the best Purple album since Machine Head. After The Battle Rages On tour debacle I thought Deep Purple were goners but after this piece of class (at their age!)they will remain one of the greatest bands ever to grace the planet.
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on 12 March 2002
I avoided this album for quite a while due to poor reviews and the stigma of it's rapid bargain bin status, but having seen MK7 live I decided to give in and buy it (the price didn't hurt either). Maybe it's because I had such low expectations, but I really, really like this album. Yes it's not 70's Purple, yes it's not Blackmore, but if you wanted that then why not buy the old albums. Most of the criticisms of this album are just silly, but to say there is no structure or subtlety is just plain stupid! There are some beautifully subtle moments on this disc and the songs are well structured if nothing else. 'Fingers to the Bone' is a beautiful song with commercial potential (shame this wasn't a single). 'Don't Make Me Happy' is a great blues track that reminded me of Zeppelin, Gary Moore, & classic Purple. There are some great funky numbers in the mould of 'Ted the Mechanic' like 'Any Fule Know That' and 'Almost Human'. I love the sound of Jon Lords Hammond organ (and there's plenty of it on offer here), but it's the guitar work of Morse on 'Watching the Sky' and 'Seventh Heaven' that really stands out and help give this album it's own character. In fact most of the criticism of this album involves this not sounding like classic 70's Purple and Morse not being sulky old Blackmore, well all I can say is change the record! Purple haven't sounded like that since the 70's but at least this is the most innovative and interesting work they've done since then. So have an open mind, and give this album a try!
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VINE VOICEon 28 March 2005
I got this album when it was first released and after a couple of listens I tucked it back into rack and forgot about it. Thank god for mp3 players! In a effort to 'fill' 40 gig I trawlled my collection for anything to load on and by accident whilst playing random tracks 'Fingers to the bone' popped up. I discovered it belonged to Abandon, I had quite forgotten all the tracks, so listened to the whole thing. It really is a stand out album and infectious after a couple of listens. It sounds like classic Purple but with a heavy edge than on post '84 reunion albums like House Of The Blue Light. It harks back to Machine Head in tone but Morse adds his own touch re-enliving the rest of the band. Fair enough it's not In Rock, Fireball or Machine Head, but if you enjoyed those give this a try. I love it after this re-discovery and note I probably overlooked this because Blackmore was not on it.... Revisit it's worth it.
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on 11 February 2003
Ok lets put things in perspective. It aint 1970...fact. Blackmore aint on this album...fact, Steve Morse is, and the albums content reflects that. Abandon, much like Perpendicular, loses some of the surreal spontanayity of old classics like In Rock and is replaced by a heavier/sometimes bluesier sound (check out Jack Ruby) sound. IT ROCKS!! Ian Gillan sounds better than ever, the lyrics are also fantastic, the best i can recall.
Morses guitar is a refreshing change to Blackmores classic wail and Pacey bangs the pots n' pans as good as always. Of the twelve songs only two are a little "fillerish", She Was and Watsername, they are good songs but pale into significance against the other material. Morse is godlike on Don't make me Happy, Seventh Heaven, and 69, with he and Jon Lord exceptionally develish on Watching The Sky.

I rate this album above oldies like Machine Head and Fireball as well as the previous album Perpendicular. If you got and liked 'Perp' you will love this album, i recomend it to all Purple lovers (new and old), but also to people who like a meaty sound with proper vocals.
The only thing wrong with this album is that it has a bloke diving on the cover instead of a fair lady.
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on 11 June 2015
One of the best CD's since Machine Head, full of life, originality, loads of songs to love, I cant fault it. But the highest paid CD I have brought, but well worth the cost. Get it you will not be disappointed. DP rules, forget Zep, forget Sabbath, DP are the masters.
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on 21 April 2012
Adandon does not really sound like a Deep purple album it sounds more sort of like the ( alternative) rock album band like theory of a deadman would release it actually sounds a little bit like Clutch in the first song, Its a good album its different to the other deep purple albums I really quite like it. It certainly isn't bad thats for sure
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on 3 December 1999
Steve Morse replaced Blackmore on guitar in the summer of 1995, Morse was the former of kansas and then later by Dixie Dregs. This new line up with the Morse mania is becoming very strong and powerfull, Steve morse did three albums with DP. This last studio Abandon is good essential powerfull rock. The master piece of the Hard Rock Dinosaururs.
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on 17 March 2013
In anticipation of Deep Purple's forthcoming new album - 'What If?!', I dusted off - metaphorically speaking - this lesser appreciated effort from 1998 and gave it a fresh hearing.


It is solid, vibrant and pounding. Compared to 'Purpendicular', which was quite a diverse and experimental album, 'Abandon' is a heavy, guitar-orientated album, which showcases Steve Morse's talent with aplomb. Very much in the vein of 'In Rock', they even cheekily revisit 'Bloodsucker' (retitled here as 'Bludsucker').

The album is also notable for it being Lord's swansong, though his contribution is more muted than on the previous effort, tending to provide strong rhythmic support, alongside Glover and Paice, with Gillan in thumping good form too. But the star of the show is undoubtedly Morse who is on cracking form here and there is no doubt that he has provided a fresh impetus to the band. Inevitably, many will seek to draw comparisons with Blackmore, which is a rather futile process. They are very different in style and technique. Blackmore is undoubtedly the master of the riff, but Morse is a highly creative and imaginative player who provides a completely different dimension. Check out 'Any Fule Kno That', 'Seventh Heaven', 'Fingers to the Bone', and 'She Was' and see for yourself.
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on 14 January 2000
DP new line up with Steve Morse on Guitar, cool,...the whole songs are powerfull like Anyfule know that, Almost Human, Seventh Heaven, the old song in new version from IN ROCK album Blud sucjer!!! time less for the Hard Rock Dinosaurus!
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