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3 stars After the masterpiece that was the "Rising" album, its successor shows hints of the more radio-friendly band that Rainbow became after the departure of Ronnie James Dio.

The album kicks off with the title track which is a fairly straightforward rocker, although I've never quite grasped the connection between the lyrics and the song's title. "Lady of the Lake" and "LA Connection" are a couple of good, if not outstanding numbers but the next two tracks are the real classics of the album. "Gates of Babylon" starts off with Eastern sounding keyboards, before Cozy Powell crashes in with Bob Daisley, who's playing here is exemplary. It slows down a bit for the middle section, which features an excellent Blackmore solo. "Kill The King" is a barn-storming number played at high speed and again features the powerhouse drumming and excellent double bass drum technique of the sadly missed Mr Powell in the middle section. Both numbers are amongst the best of Rainbow. The next two tracks, "The Shed (Subtle)" and "Sensitive To Light" are again good but not outstanding and "Rainbow Eyes" ends the album on a slow orchestral note.

Rainbow veered off down a less prog-related path after this album. Not up to the standards of its brilliant predecessor but an excellent album nonetheless.

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