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The More things Change...
on 18 January 2012
An anomaly of an album. It has some utterly sublime moments but others of such backward-thinking inanity that you wonder who was making the decisions. As you may be able to tell, this is not as consistent as their previous 2 releases, but there are a handful of great songs to enjoy. It also shows the band turning almost solely to the blues and/or blue grass sound that they hinted at on Long Cold Winter. And this is also where it voth fails and triumphs.
Opener 'The More Things Change' is a very good song. It's not life-changing, just a great, catchy track that mixes blues and rock together effectively to produce a single-worthy release. 'Love's Got Me Doin Time' however is a blues riff too far. This has genre cliche written all over it. It's got trumpets and slide guitar and a chirpy, faux-blues riff that smacks of pub band. Very MOR and very average. 'Shelter' is better but still not perfect. The gospel chorus is actually a plus and it does grow on you. The title track is possibly the best track on the album. It is unashamedly cheesy and has an element of the blues without being overwhelmed by it. In essence it is a good old-fashioned rock stadium ballad. And it is brilliant. 'Sick For The Cure' is not a bad follow up either. It's intricate, technical and catchy, as well as fun.
'One For Rock and Roll' and 'Dead Man's Road' are head scratchers. These are by no means bad songs at all but they somehow do not belong on this album. Both are almost acoustic, very stripped bare ballads of the country-blues variety. 'One for Rock N Roll' is the better track. It's thoughtful and well structured and well played. 'Dead Man's Road' is a little too long and relies too heavily on slide guitar showing off. But it's ok. 'Make Your Own Way' and 'Electric Love' are a bit boring and could have been excluded a la track 2. 'Love Gone Bad' is a passable rock song with a good chorus. And the closing ballad is decent enough, just not enough to get excited about any further releases.
Some great tracks, a lot of ok ones, some bad ones. If you would like to start listening to Cinderella, I would suggest Long Cold Winter and then Night Songs as these are indicative of their sound, whereas this album feels more of an experiment.