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Back with a bite!!,
This review is from: THE TALL SHIPS [BONUS TRACK] (Audio CD)
I was a huge fan of It Bites in the late 80's, and when I heard a reunion was on the cards, I was very excited. Yes, it's a shame Frank Dunnery isn't at the helm, but to be honest, when I saw them live a few weeks ago (Sept 2008) in London, new frontman John Mitchel more than proved himself the perfect replacement.
The Tall Ships is a brilliant album. It's geneously laced with all the wonderful ingredients that produce that unmistakable It Bites sound. The production is crisp, the musicanship, as you would expect is first class. John Mitchels lead guitar work is some of his best. The album opens with the catchy and quirky 'Oh My God and drives headlong into the brilliant 'Ghosts' a classy rocker, with an infectious chorus and some nice synthy ambience courtesy of keyboardist John Beck. 'The Wind that shakes the Barley' and 'Great Disasters' are my two favorite tracks on the album. Whilst maintaining the charecteristic accessability, synonomous with It Bites, these tracks ooze prog rock creativty and virtuosity.
The whole package is, bright and positive, and is executed with the fantastic youthful exuberance to be found on their earlier albums. For all It Bites fans of old, who favoured the proggy 'Once around the world' over the more rocky 'Eat me in St Louis' then 'The Tall Ships' is for you. In my opinion, it is much better than 'Eat me in St Louis' and pretty much on a par with 'Once around the world' Enjoy!