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Good production, poor songwriting,
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Having read positive reviews, i awaited with eager anticipation on the arrival of Deep Purples latest offering. Unfortunately once again disapointment, uninspired songwriting, and poor vocal performance from Ian Gillan. I am afraid the only albums worth collecting are "In Rock" through to "Who Do We Think We Are". These were made when Ian Gillan could sing to his full range and also had the real Purple sound of Lord and Blackmore.Now What ?!
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Initial post: 22 May 2013 20:20:44 BDT
Well said ... too many people fawning over this album because of the name Deep Purple ... ok there is one member left from the original line up so I would love to see how it would be judged under a different band name. What Now? Give it a rest out of respect for Jon Lord at least!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2013 15:33:37 BDT
Vaclav Smerda says:
Hmm. I really cannot agree. That album is just fantastic. I could go through it song by song. Don Airey has done an amazing job on this and his play is both inspired and inspirational. Steve Morse is outstanding. The only singer I know who has miraculously kept his vocal range pass 60 is Glenn Hughes. Everybody else had to adapt. And Ian Gillan did that pretty well, I much prefer his mature performance on the last 4 albums than on some of the older ones. There is only one Jon Lord. But there is also only one Don Airey. There is only one Ritchie Blackmore. But there is also only one Roger Glover.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 23:38:40 GMT
L. M. Pomeroy says:
Sorry - but I like this album on its own merits and not at all because it carries the DP name.
I suspect that the haters need to accept that Deep Purple are less hard rock these days and more prog rock and we are never going to get another In Rock or Machine Head. In other words they now are a very different band, but going under the same name. Much the same as Mk3 and Mk4 were VERY different to Mk2 but IMHO just as enjoyable. Weren't those Mk3 and Mk4 lineups just as reviled as the current line-up by the hardcore '69-'73/Blackmore diehards?
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