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Their best came second!,
This review is from: Straight Shooter (Audio CD)
Many would agree that this album represents Bad Company at their most confident. Does that translate to quality? I say it does. This is their greatest achievement.
Contrary to popular belief, this was not a copy of the first BC album. SS is sassier, heavier, and more consistent, viz:
Good Lovin' Gone Bad - It may have those Ralphs trademarks, but is certainly not a Can't Get Enough clone. For a start, it was never a Mott the Hoople song! (CGE actually dates from 1970, when MtH were an Island Band.) This is tough hard rock at its most memorable, and crunchy.
Feel Like Making Love - A unique (apart from track 4) mix of acoustic wistfulness and heavy rock fire. Outrageous, in a nice way. And who can argue with THAT guitar solo?
Weep No More - A beautiful song that shows what a romantic Simon Kirke is. The other three make this a sublime moment too. Perfect.
Shooting Star - Structured like track 2, but still its own song. Simple but very effective. The heaviness that brings the song to its climax is again shocking amongst the country-esque charm of the verses.
Deal with the Preacher - Heavy and funky (hear Boz' clever bass-lines), with a great lyric about indecision over commitment. A great fave with the late Tommy Vance, bless him. One of Ralphs' greatest solos, rivalling Blackmore or Santana at the time.
Wildfire Women - The sort of laid-back heaviness that Bad Co excelled at. Slide guitar adds a certain musical menace. This shows Rodgers stretching out more than any other song I can think of. A gem.
Anna - Again Mr Kirke does the heartfelt thing. Possibly the most Free-like moment here. No flash, just feeling.
Call on Me - The perfect way to end an album. This is an uptempo ballad, with a funky backbeat. The lyrics are as evocative as the music. And one should again mention Ralphs' guitar artistry. He puts emotion before technique, but has the technical ability to make it work.
Sorry this review is so overwhelmingly positive - this can make for very boring reading! - but this album is so inspired and well-made that I couldn't find a single fault to get arty (or arsey) over. Buy with confidence.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2009 12:45:58 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Very good review
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 15:44:01 BDT
Stefano Tirelli says:
Yep, good review. This is one of my all time fave records, and there's no doubt it's one of the best hard rock album ever. It's was good to read your words. All the best from Italy.
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