Παρασκευή, 19 Ιουλίου 2013
Πέμπτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2013
I never really understood why this band got mocked so much with the whole ''corporate rock'' thing. Unless great music deserves mocking... Anyway, back to adressing reasonable people with good taste: Although their 3 first albums released in the 70's all sold extremely well this one stands high above the other two in terms of songwriting. All songs deliver one way or another. You get a bunch of simplistic but effective and addictive melodic rockers like Feels like the first time, Long, long way from home, Headknocker and I need you, some really nice slower sentimental songs like The damage is done and Woman oh woman and then the real highpoints, the absolute brilliance of pomp AOR anthem Cold as ice, the magic of the spacey ballad Starriders, the ballsy attitude of At war with the world (are you still trying to convince me a wimpy band could deliver such an epic?), the point is there's always something to admire; the vocal power of Lou Gramm, Jones's songwriting, the overall musicianship of the band, the everlasting magic of the 70's AOR sound in its best form. Allthough Foreigner went on to write some of the best known AOR songs in the 80's (Urgent, Waiting for a girl like you, I want to kow what love is), this is their finest moment and sadly their only 70's release of such high level. Both ''Double vision'' and ''Head games'' failed to satisfy me after this early masterpiece. I could surely do with a couple more albums like their debut!