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BANANAS

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.07 | 232 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars When this album was just released, a local newspaper in my country made a long article about this new album. I was not interested at all, due to one reason: I hate its cover! It does not rock at all man! How could I compare this artwork with say .. "Fireball" or "In Rock" or "The Battle Rages On"? Zero! No comparison at all. The cover seems ugly and far away from eye catching! But I tried to open my mind because there is an adage: Do not judge the book by its cover .. so I listened to the CD anyway. This 'Bananas' took place 35 years after the band's formation. The album is the studio follow-up to 1998's 'Abandon'. The producer is Michael Bradford, who has previously worked with Kid Rock and Uncle Cracker. There was negative review about this album from Classic Rock magazine on this album. In this case I learned that people still tried to live in the past by expecting the band to play exactly the style of their early albums. There are a groups of people who believe that without Ritchie Balckmore, it's no longer Deep Purple. There are other groups that say: "If Ian Gillan is no longer with Deep Purple, it's no longer Deep Purple. But what I would suggest you is . try to unlearn what you have known about Deep Purple and enjoy the music as it is and there is no super-imposed expectation - especially to expect something similar with Smoke On The Water, Highway Star .. then .. forget it!

If you are in the new horizon already, I would say that you would rate this album as under good rating for rock music, at least 3 stars. A lot of songs in this album that only took two spins before I was hooked. "Razzle Dazzle" is a radio friendly track. The rest is pure good songs with excellent musicianship and good production. "House Of Pain" is a killer and some of you might remember the early days of the band. Songs like Bananas (title track), I Got Your Number, Silver Tongue, Sun Goes Down, and Picture of Innocence (reminds me to Pictures of Home - their seminal achievement in the 70s) are all good rockers they've done since the reunion.

Overall, this is a good Deep Purple album especially in their new line-up where old members were no longer there anymore. Steve Morse is one of good reason for me to have this album. Jon Lord retired and Don Airey replaced him..

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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