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4.2 out of 5 stars
Seven Deadly
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
Just received my copy of the latest UFO offering and I'm pleased to say after 2 plays I'm right impressed! Moog's vocals can only be described as mature and soulful and the band are clearly in fine form.
I would go so far to say that if this had been released in the late 70s or early 80s it would be regarded as a classic up there with 'Lights Out'. I accept there are no really hard keyboard driven tracks in the classic vain of say 'Lights Out' or 'Doctor Doctor'.In fact I can't really detect any keyboards in the mix at all; that does'nt detract from the whole feel that this is classic UFO stuff. The majority of the tracks remind me of that classic offering the mighty 'On with the Action'which one seldoms find reference to on any greatist or best of's UFO. I for one unlike other reviews like the recent 2/3 albums after all the guys are getting older and have already proved their pedigree and have all those classics in their locker.
I have the digi pak version which offers 2 bonus tracks which I feel are the only let down on the album and are just filler or rejects but are there anyway.
I will be looking forward to hearing most of these numbers live on the upcoming tour but I'm sure only 2 or 3 will be played to make room for all those classics from the past...bet they don't play 'On With the Action'?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2012
As an old fan of UFO and since their last album worthy of a play was Mechanix, I approached this album with much concern.

20 plays on and Seven Deadly is frankly astonishingly brilliant. I cannot stop listening. If someone had told me that Schenker 'of old' was back, I might have believed them such are the riffs and solos reminiscent of his period in UFO.

All I can say is do not judge on your initial listen. Mogg growls, his lyrics are Texan and moody. The music is powerful even lacking Way driving the bass.

I love this album, the only weak track is the 12th and freebie on the digipack.

Buy it if you love the rockers of old. At first, you will think why I have bothers, then you more you play it, the more you enjoy!

Who else could come up with lyrics like "Fight night on Mexican TV!"

If you read this feedback Mogg and crew, STUNNING! Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2012
I'm a bit slow off the mark with this one but then I've played it to death on holiday to be sure. I guess it's easy to criticise with a huge back catalogue to assimilate with but I can make no apology for liking UFO and this album is no exception. To my ears star quality emanates from Phil Mogg who could probably re-record ABBA's Greatest Hits and I would like it.

First impressions were nice artwork and what an absolutely stonkin' opener with "Fight Night" heard on some early sampled releases. The first three tunes "Fight Night", "Wonderland" and "Mojo Town" are all great fiery guitar rockers that will go down very nicely live with some sizzling lead guitar work. "Angel Station" is the first ballad and despite the idiosyncratic title has that classic UFO structure with a lovely gentle rhythm and Mogg lyric. This also provides evidence that Mr Raymond's keyboard does still apparently exist. Criminally retired to the background he must have forgotten what his keys look like there is so little of it featured on the album. "Year of the Gun" is a catchy little thing of a pop-rock number, more lightweight and candidate for a single if ever there was one. Nice little hook and leads from Moore. The next two songs "The Last Stone Rider" and "Steal Away" are more forgettable album tracks, chug along guitar rockers although Moore plays some nice stuff on "Steal Away". "Burn Your House Down" is the second ballad..."second verse, same as the first" but not quite as good.
"The Fear" is a return to a bluesy feel with upfront harmonica, first impression reminiscent of a Dr. Feelgood type thing. "Waving Good Bye" is a nice ballad with a keyboard/acoustic verse that builds to a rocking chorus, the sort of tune they do so well (and have done better many times before). The so-called bonus tracks I like very much as they add variety and interest. "Other Men's Wives" is possibly one of my favourite tunes, more rock and roll based with Mogg on top form. Then there is the atmospheric bar-room blues number "Bag of Blues" which is a welcome change of pulse.

As ever Phil Mogg continues to impress throughout. A better soulful rock voice you will be hard pressed to find anywhere. Parker and Raymond are as ever the solid foundation of the genre, Raymond's writing credits noticeably adding the variety that exists amongst what is essentially a guitar album. Vinnie Moore is an incredible virtuoso talent and plays some tasty riffs but I agree with some of the negatives in the other reviews. Too much irritably squawking high-note vibrato is my little niggling complaint. I stick with what I said about The Visitor review and I'm still waiting. My favourite top-notch players have that killer solo they are famed for but with Moore I don't always find the work memorable.

In summary I think it's pretty well stripped back to basics guitar rock nearly at it's very best. Lost is most of the bluesy feel of the last two offerings replaced with a sometimes heavier but narrow guitar formula. Old fashioned and tediously repetitive? I don't really care. Worthy of five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2012
This album is just fantastic. I already converted three friends to UFO on the basis of this album alone. Just recommended that they get the Chrysalis Years 5-CD set too. Vinnie Moore's blues-rock guitar work is fabulous: fast when it needs to be, soleful, driving when it has to be. All the reviews here seem to pick a different track as a favourite. Mine happens to be Burn Your House Down, closely followed by Angel Station and The Last Stone Rider, but all the tracks have a hook, whether it's a catchy riff, clever lyrics or a stunning solo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
UFO's best album since You Are Here sees them still airing their blues roots while making a welcome return to their hard rock roots. For me the difference Seven Deadly has is the better production values. Songs sound fatter and beefier, with Andy Parker having possibly the best drum sound he has ever had. One criticism of the Vinnie albums is that some songs sound unfinished - like they needed more polish to get the hooks in. No such problem here - each track is well crafted and arranged. Standout tunes for me are Angel Station, Year of the Gun, Waving Goodbye and the bonus track Other Men's Wives, but for me there isn't a filler track on the album. Special comment for Phil Mogg, whose performance is outstanding throughout the album. He has improved with age and is truly a master of phrasing, enunciation and singing every word like he means it. His performance on The Last Stone Rider reminds me of Lennon singing Twist and Shout - he is pushing his voice that hard.

Seven Deadly - it's up there with the finest albums UFO have recorded. Listen, enjoy, and if you've got the monkey keep it to yourself. They are in high demand :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2012
This is another solid release from Phil Mogg and the lads in UFO...5 stars you ask?..well I look at UFO as having many distinct periods and I am certainly not comparing this album to watershed classics like Obsession, Force It or The Wild Willing And The Innocent but since Walk On Water this album would easily be amongst the best they've done. Standouts are Wonderland, Mojo Town, The Fear and Year Of The Gun.

But what of the (still listed on Amazon) boxset including the 2lps and cd...clearly that has not and will not materialise but I'll keep mine on order just in case!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2012
It's not immediate in the way Obsession was. It's not packed with anthems. What it is , is a great rock album that draws from the blues and builds on the work that Phil has created since the outstanding Sign of 4 album. Contrary to the one review I read, the guitar is very much to the forefront and Vinne Moore makes it scream - when it suits the song. It's a record by a great band who are still pushing themselves, not one ready for the chicken in a basket circuit.

A real grower, taken me a few plays to get into the whole album but worth the wait as it unfolds through the speakers. As usual Phil Mogg has created themes as far removed from the hello darling school of rock as you can get. Seven Deadly is not just a great UFO album, it's a great rock album. And with a full tour of the UK coming up this month, it's a great time to be a UFO fan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
This really is a fine album from UFO. This band have a comfortable, well-worn sound - their mojo is intact and they continue to write great rock songs and to deliver the goods. The lyrics are well crafted and delivered with smoky relish by Phil Mogg (he really has a great voice!). The opener 'Fight Night' is a rocker and sets the scene for what is to come. 'Wonderland' cranks up the pace still further - a classy driving rock track. 'Mojo Town' is a majestic piece with an infectious riff. The textures and arrangements here are first class. Other highlights include 'Steal Yourself', 'Burn Your House Down', 'The Fear', and the old-fashioned sounding ballad 'Bag O'Blues'. If you like the blues, rock, or just a good listen then try this album out. Recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
For me, UFO had been out in the wilderness for quite a number of years and it wasn't until The Visitor album that I really started listening to them once more - even though I wasn't over enamoured with Phil Mogg's voice being recorded in a rather small toilet - but what a nice surprise the whole venture was!
So, now we come to the the latest body of work and what do I think? This is classic UFO with their strutting, ballsy sound on display for all to witness - Yep, this is indeed grown up, full on, rock music played as only UFO know how with three straight rockers in Fight Night, Wonderland and Mojo Town before things slow down for the rather beautiful rendition of Angel Station. The rest of the album is a little less in your face, but notwithstanding, it still rocks and drills it's sound into your cortex so that after a couple of straight listenings, you keep catching yourself humming one number or the other!
The final track of Bag O' Blues with it's dust encrusted recording has Phil Mogg and a laid back piano closing the whole thing out in a smoky, bluesy feeling that finishes the whole thing off like a Yoghurt dip after a fiery curry....it's just the complete anti-dote for the preceeding aural assault.
Make no mistake, this is Mogg, Moore, Raymond and Parker at the top of their game with Mogg's vocals now well to the fore and as cutting as ever.
Nice one guys! Let's just hope that the rest of the buying public doesn't just ignore this classic offering!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
UFO are one of the best British Rock Bands ever and prove it once again with another superb album. UFO produce albums to a standard others can only dream of. A great mix of hard rocking tunes and two great rock ballads. Phil Mogg is a great vocalist and the guitar of Vinnie Moore really hits the spot. We no longer yearn for Schenker, this man fits perfectly into UFO and each album featuring Vinnie surpasses the last. If you want good time British Hard Rock UFO are probably the best exponents of the genre around today. Buy this album, see them in concert and, if you didnt like them before you will now. (Only one regret, I should have bought the cd to sit with all the other UFO albums I own and maybe I will.) Album of the year so far!
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