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Wishbone Ash


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2.88 | 105 ratings

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3 stars Each of their last four albums was better than the previous one, but this definitely stands lower No Smoke Without Fire. It contains an absolute classic though!

Let's get to the songs one-by-one:

Living Proof: Very nice, feel-good rocker, great for arenas. Not one of their best songs, but very catchy indeed!

Haunting Me: What a riff. What-A-Riff! One of the absolute best slide guitar riffs I've ever heard, it made me pop my eyes the first time I listened to it. An absolutely splendid song!

Insomnia: Too much and too loud synthesizer on this one, too chaotic in my opinion. I would like it to have a more "traditional" sound. A good composition but with a sound far from my taste.

Helpless: First half of the riff sounds a lot like to Alice Cooper's super hit "School's Out", but it's a much different song overall. This one is a blues rocker, a good song, but not so significant in my opinion.

Pay The Price: Another kinda familiar riff, it sounds inspired by "Smoke On The Water". This song has a southern rock feeling, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a Lynyrd Skynyrd composition. Again a pleasant song, but not very special.

New Rising Star: A bluesy ballad which is just OK. Nothing we haven't already heard a lot of times.

Master Of Disguise: Blues rocker with some country elements, interesting for it's rich sound. It also has backing vocals by Claire Hamill. Not such an remarkable song, but definitely an interesting one.

Life Line: It begins as an ordinary blues rock song, but it evolves into a hard rocker at around 2:25, mostly to showcase their ability. Should we be surprised by something? No. Nothing we didn't knew already, and nothing we (more or less) hadn't listened to already.

RATING: 3 stars. Slightly better than New England, slightly worst than Front Page News.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |


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