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One of Lizzy's less loved albums. Messy, a bit here there and everywhere, but still has some of Lizzy's best songs ever!
on 22 January 2015
Although this is collectively one of Thin Lizzy's most inconsistent records full of songs that don't really flow as well as other albums do, it's packed with some truly brilliant tracks!
'Angel Of Death' sounds like a mash-up of Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden before they were really Iron Maiden! The song seamlessly bounces from psychedelic, heavily processed, mellow guitar to a galloping triplet heavy metal riff. Superb.
'Renegade' follows in the same mellow / rocky interchange, and whilst is a bit repetitive, is a great song.
'The Pressure Will Blow' is the more traditional Lizzy song, filled with harmony guitars and rocky riffs. Sadly, there isn't more tracks like this on the album.
'Hollywood' is up there as Lizzy's heaviest track ever along with 'Emerald' and 'Cold Sweat' and is a great, swaggering, groove-laden heavy rock song with huge vocal lines. A live version on the 'Greatest Hits' collection sounds much better than this version however.
The trio of 'Fats,' 'Trouble Boys' and 'Memory Pain' are a bit of a departure and are basically, blues, jazz and almost soul style songs. 'Mexican Blood' is another track that's quite different. While this shows the band are adept at many different styles, it does sound a bit randomly thrown together and does highlight a real lack of coherence and planning for the album. They were at their drug-fuelled low point around this time.
The other songs are ok, but a bit by the numbers and aren't very memorable.
There are a few justified reasons however why this album isn't the Lizzy's most celebrated. A few of the songs are a bit over-indulgent. The title track for example is at least a good minute too long, not that it's a bad song or has a lot of filler, it's just that there is an awful lot of repeats of the verse section, which, interestingly is cut in the 'Edited Single' version of the song which is a bonus track and is probably better.
Also, much has been made of Snowy White's contribution to the band and that he doesn't really 'fit in' to the Lizzy guitarist mould as greats such as Brian Robertson, Gary Moore and even John Sykes after him. The guitar sounds a bit forced sometimes, which perhaps reflects Snowy White's difficulty in getting this style of rock down to a tee, after all, he's a more mellow, ex-Pink Floyd guitarist than a hard-rocking Lizzy lick machine! He still does a good job however, and this is probably the band's second heaviest album after 'Thunder and Lightning.'
The penultimate Thin Lizzy studio album isn't kindly looked upon by many and while it does pale in comparison to classics like 'Jailbreak,' 'Bad Reputation,' 'Black Rose,' 'Fighting' and even 'Thunder and Lightning,' it does deserve it's place in any Lizzy fans collection as there are many brilliant, under the radar, 'lost' classics here which you should treat yourself to hearing!