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Some classics but too much filler
on 7 June 2007
'Phenomenon' was vital in UFO's switch from their early spacey stuff to the hard rock that broke them in the UK. The hard-driving, zigzagging guitar figure makes 'Oh My' a great start to the album and the playing of Michael Schenker is wonderful throughout, exciting at its best. The Quo-like 'Doctor Doctor' became a breakthrough hit and is possibly only bettered here by the white-hot 'Rock Bottom'. The latter track, however, also highlights how ordinary most of the rest of the songs are. The attempts at thoughtful, acoustic-tinged songs, 'Crystal Light' and 'Time On My Hands' are professionally-performed and pretty dull. 'Too Young To Know' is tame, 'Built For Comfort' is a tired retread of an old blues song which sounded a lot better in Howlin' Wolf's hands. The instrumental 'Lipstick Traces' is pleasant and melodic, but the sort of doodle you might expect to hear on a b-side. In fairness, both the reflective 'Space Child' and 'Queen Of The Deep' are good songs. So, five hits and five misses. Worth getting for 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom' though.