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The rapturous return of Deep Purple,
This review is from: RAPTURE OF THE DEEP (Audio CD)
Well what a suprise this is. Being a long term Purple fan, but having long since given up the hope of them producing a real top class studio recording in their mature years,along comes Rapture of the Deep.
This is quite simply the best record the band have made since reforming in 84, and yes I am including the classic Perfect strangers in that. PS may have contained two bona-fide classics but the rest of the album wasn't up to standard.
This album contains at least three future classics, and the songs in between are of an astoundingly high quality. It kicks off with the first of those classics "Money Talks", full of growling hammond and attitude. The keyboard intro sets the scene and then in comes Gillan with an amazing vocal similar to No One Can from Fireball.
The title track is in the vein of Perfect Strangers or Enya, full of eastern promise and snaking rhythms and another cracker. The required ballad is well above their usual standard in such songs, and thankfully blots out the memory of the contrived Haunted from 2003's Bananas. Final track Before Time Began is a prog masterpiece, one of the best songs Purple have written in two decades, with an astoundingly thoughtful lyric from Gillan.
The remaining tracks are heavy, dense, full of improvisation and musical ambition and played beautifully. The entire album grooves and rumbles with renewed vigour. Simply splendid.
Buy it, marvel at it, and despair of the crock of nonsense younger bands try to pass off as rock music in this day and age.