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Judas Priest - Turbo
on 1 August 2011
Judas Priest's tenth studio album was released to a pretty negative reaction back in 1986. Their previous two albums Defenders Of The Faith and Screaming For Vengeance had been strong and heavy releases which established a certain expectation in terms of style.
Turbo didn't fulfill these expectations; in fact it was a departure of sorts. The album incorporated glam and hair metal influences, synths, big reverby production and all the other trademarks of the mid to late eighties that serve to date music from that period really easily.
Turbo was very commercial and people didn't like that. The album has been called a sellout, false metal, downright rubbish and much worse.
I actually like the album; it is something of a guilty pleasure for me. I still recommend that people try before they buy; this is not an album for everyone. I hear and understand everything that is wrong with the record and why people hate it, but just personally don't find it in me to dislike the album.
Tracks like `Parental Guidance,' `Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days,' and `Private Property,' are unbelievably cheesy I agree, but they are fun and I like listening to them. If you don't mind a bit of commercial music then disregard the huge amounts of negative press that this album receives, believe me it is only a disagreement over style; the actual quality of the album isn't taken into account.
While the aforementioned tracks were glam/hair metal influenced and the title track is synth filled, the other tracks like `Locked In,' `Hot For Love,' or `Reckless,' are all fairly strong songs and contain a lot of the style from the previous four Priest records, take away the production and certain flourishes here and there and those songs would fit well into many of the more loved Priest albums.
If you are new to Judas Priest, don't start with Turbo. If you frequently use phrases like `sell out,' `not metal,' or `false metal,' then give Turbo a miss, you won't like it. If however style doesn't bother you and you just want more music from Judas Priest then give it a try a least, you may enjoy it, I sure did.