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U.F.O Unbelievably Fantastic Output,
This review is from: The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent (Audio CD)
What can I say about an album that was voted rock album of the year (1981). Only this, listen to it, and you will see (hear) why. In my opinion this is U.F.O s best album, by a very long way. On it you will find great use of loud and quiet sequences, tempo changes and splendid, splendid guitar work. The guitar playing is unashamedly upfront and powerful, reminding me of the Scorpions at their very best. You can not fail to be impressed by this album if you like your rock on the heavy side.
TRACK BY TRACK.
Amazing Intro, such power, such guitar work, a headbangers dream. The track also contains subtle use of pauses to build up the power of the music, or for changing tempo. The lyrics are good and there is a simple chorus. All in all, a truly awesome opening track.
Gentle intro of acoustic guitar and bass guitar, leads into vocals.Second verse and chorus burst out at increased volume, with heavy electric guitar and drums. There follows a good section featuring lead guitar, supported by drums and bass.After this comes a well produced work leading to a reprise of the intro. Finally a string section is used to good effect in a piece which is first menacing and then poignant.
The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent.
Piano and subdued string section feature in the intro to this track. It builds up to the entry of the lead guitar, then on to the vocals. There is a great backbeat throughout the track. Listen out for an interesting background vocal harmony. Tempo changes are well used to re-introduce piano, vocals, or lead guitar.
It's Killing Me.
Electric guitar introduction with bass and drums fades in from nothing. The opening lyrics are almost spoken, until the conventionally sung chorus, which is accompanied by keyboard. There is a strong, slow rhythmn section throughout, with prominent bass guitar work.
A gentle inroduction, gives way to a heavy guitar sequence and drum roll. Interesting lyrics, clearly sung, are folowed by a long electric guitar featured section which goes up and down the scales. More good headbanging stuff!
The track begins with a lovely piano intro, which leads into vocals (good lyrics again) and a veritable explosion of instruments including saxaphone and drums. There is a great guitar lick in the central instrumental section, which is perhaps too short. After this, sax and piano section is punctuated by drum crash, leading into the next verse. The track concludes with piano and sax to fade.
Couldn't Get It Right.
Listen out for the great production work on the electric guitar intro, that is then followed by the rhythmn section and then by the vocals.This builds up towards a chorus of increased volume and tempo. The second verse and following chorus repeat this pattern, punctuated by an instrumental section. The final chorus is followed by a heavier electric guitar instrumental to finish.
Profession Of Violence.
A great rock ballad, from beginning to end. The beginning is an acoustic guitar with strings and piano, with gently sung, rather sombre lyrics. It is by far the slowest song on the album. Even the lead guitar, when it comes in is slow and almost mournful. The expression "My guitar gently weeps" might have been coined for this very piece. A fitting finale to a great album.
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