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TWIN BARRELS BURNING

Wishbone Ash

 

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BigDaddyAEL1964
1 stars Martin Turner's absence is a huge blow to the band's musical quality, and the also great Trevor Bolder can't fill the creative hole.

Let's see what we've got here, track-by-track:

Engine Overheat: You never have a second chance to make the first impression. This is one of the less memorable starting songs in the entire Wishbone Ash discography.

Can't Fight Love: AOR style rocker, with radio-friendly chorus. Nothing more.

Genevieve: It leaves the same feeling as Can't Fight Love. Let's go to the next one.

Me And My Guitar: Sarcastic title, as we have an interesting bass riff in an otherwise totally uninspired song.

Hold On: Another AOR style song, makes me wonder how they thought this transformation would help them. They clearly didn't had "it" on that genre.

Streets Of Shame: By this song, it becomes clear. They were so uninspired in this album, that there are not even great guitar solos, the only constant element throughout their career.

No More Lonely Nights: A very good riff on an otherwise mediocre song with an annoyingly simplistic chorus.

Angels Have Mercy: Very tired and disappointed by the time I've reached this song... It's so mediocre you desperately wanna skip it after the first minute.

Wind Up: Not the synonymous Jethro Tull piece of course... Maybe the best song of the album, an OK song in general, sometimes even enjoyable, which is kinda big deal for such a mediocre album.

RANKING: What should I do? Should I give it 1 star? Is it better or worst than Locked In? This one has a better production, it's more even and the performances are OK, without idiotic voice-boxes and stuff.

On the other hand, the songwriting is even worst, with no stand-out songs, NOTHING special, and without Martin Turner's voice and unique performances to give it something more. There are no good guitar solos either, which makes a huge difference for Wishbone Ash.

Since it was their creative nadir (compared to the previous albums at least), and Locked In took 2 stars for being actually 1,5 star, I'll have to go with 1 star for this.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 1/5 |

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