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MYSTERY

Vanilla Fudge

 

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2.06 | 21 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars I really wonder why the Fudge got together fifteen years after their last and excessively poor studio album Rock & Roll. Because this one is no better.

It is just another weak offering ranging between some unbearable synth sounds (but typical of the eighties) and some soul oriented music. But it is not the first time that the band will display some soulish tendencies.

The whole album is a nice journey into the most boring songs they have ever written. Because it is almost an "original" album (if you would just except some covers like "My World Is Empty Without You" from the . "Supremes"). But the band has already covered several "Motown" artists previously. But this one is an awful synth pop version which is indescribable. Some Hall & Oates flavour. I guess this is not what one would have expected from the Fudge.

The worst one ? I guess the title track, but there are so many weak numbers here ("Under Suspicion"). Very few songs (none actually) are really worth. The AOR-ish "Under Suspicion" is difficult to bear and the reggae oriented "It Gets Stronger" is a great joke but a pitiful song.

If ever you would like to discover a great cover version for "Walk On By", just get the fabulous "Stranglers" one available on the special edition of their "Black & White" album (under the form of a white vinyl EP). It was fully dynamic and featured an incredible guitar solo. This version from the Fudge is just another syrupy exercise.

Each track is dreadful (just have a try to the disco-ish Hot Blood to get the confirmation). Nothing fancy to listen to. Poor, weak, useless : you name it!

It is difficult to imagine that the same band released the great Renaissance. One star of course.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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