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NO 'DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM' SYNDROME HERE...
on 4 June 2012
TO THE question: 'Was it worth the wait'? The answer is both simple and affirmative.
Yes, lead single 'Raining Rock' is a genuine hard rock classic, and yes, the accompanying video is one of the most entertaining the rock world has seen for a while, but rest assured, 'RR' is far from the only strong track showcased here - in fact, there are NO weak moments.
It was never going to be easy for the band to follow up their cracking 'Get Your Hands Dirty' debut, but there's no question that this mighty task has been achieved; from the production to the songwriting, from the playing to the performances, everything on display (including the artwork and photos) has been cranked up a notch... several notches, in fact.
There are all sorts of cool reference points on display here, from prime AOR ('Prison Of Love' + 'Never Gonna Give It Up') through to sinewy, sleazy rock ('Less Torque, More Thrust') and more measured moments such as 'Black Gold' + 'The Sweet And The Brave', but the thing that shines through most strongly is the sheer, glorious quality of the songwriting.
Hugely recommended. Time to get stoned!!