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2.0 out of 5 stars For completists only, 15 Nov 2000
This review is from: The Philip Lynott Album (Audio CD)
When this album was released back in 1982 it probably already sounded dated. It exhibits all the worst features of 80's production values: tinny brass sections, electronic percussion, psuedo-disco vibes. Makes your hair stand on end at times. This was the second (and final) of Lynott's solo albums, the preceding Solo in Soho being a much more solid affair. On The Philip Lynott Album there are really only two songs worth a sook: Old Town (as covered - or rather copied - by the Corrs on their Unplugged album) and the chilled-out Ode To Liberty, which features Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits turning in another sterling performance on guitar. The other tracks are weak and simplistic affairs that lean towards lightweight imitations of pop, disco and reggae, with plenty of weedy ballads thrown in. The album might have been saved if the quality of the songwriting had been good, but alas Lynott's considerable creative talents must have been at a low ebb. Even the lyrics sound trite and uninspired, which is unusual for him.
Another point of concern is the quality of Lynott's singing voice, which lacks any passion or conviction of any kind and sounds like he had a heavy cold throughout the recording: the cynic in me might attribute that to the effects of substance abuse. We'll never know.
Curiously, Yellow Pearl features here: on the original vinyl release it didn't. In fact it was on the previous album Solo in Soho. Can't see any good reason for including it on BOTH albums...
There is a poignant lyric on Ode To Liberty, where Phil sings "I would dearly love to return, through a mirror in 20 years, and learn what the future has in store for us." Alas, for Mr. Lynott the future was only to last another year or two.
In conclusion, then, this album is probably the weakest offering in the Lynott/Lizzy catalog and suitable for completists only (like me). But by my reckoning, Phil Lynott released something like 18 albums with and without Thin Lizzy, out of which 16 are not only good but downright essential (the other bad one? Thunder and Lightning). And with a track record like that I'm sure we can overlook the occasional low point.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2008 21:22:42 BDT
James Hutton says:
its another version of yellow pearl (although it is only slightly differnt)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2009 19:40:10 GMT
D. Turner says:
It's actually the remixed and re-recorded version made famous as the 'Top Of The Pops' theme tune. Completely different to the version on 'Solo In Soho'.

Posted on 20 May 2011 07:24:15 BDT
Phil didn't record anything bad........not as good as perhaps but not bad.
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