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Lucifer's Friend


Heavy Prog

2.25 | 39 ratings

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2 stars As this album is not rated yet and Lucifer's Friend is my favourite German Band bar none, I thought I'd give my take on this album. They rock! (but mostly they don't prog)

Generally, I separate Lucifer's Friend's albums into two categories: the absolutely great (First, 'Where The Groupies.', 'Rock and Roll Singer', 'Banquet', 'Mindexploding', and 'Mean Machine') and the mediocre ('Good Time Warrior' and this one here).

Except 'Where the Groupies Killed the Blues' and 'Banquet', they can't really be described as anwhere near Prog.

The problem is that the gap between the great and mediocre is quite large; apparently this was due to the band struggling with existential problems, trying desperately to gain some recognition by trying to go going mainstream just to stay alive. Does this seem familiar towards the end of the '70s?

Another point is that the great albums were fronted by John Lawton, the others had Mike Starrs as vocalist. Not only did this seem to reflect in the quality of the vocals, but also in the songs presented, which tended to be almost embarrassingly sucking up to the taste of the tasteless.

Anyway, I've heard this album being accused of bowing towards Disco, but I don't think this is true, to my ears the songs presented here are more Rock/Pop, quite often crossing the boundary into Pop much too far.

For the Prog enthusiast there is nothing to listen to here, please move on.

Still, I can't diss it completely, because I personally enjoy it now and again, when the mood takes me.

There is no point in discussing individual tracks, they are much too similar, but at the same time there are choruses, breaks and harmonies scattered about that take you by surprise. Sadly though, these are few and far between.

So why am I reviewing this album? To be honest, I just came across the list of interviewed albums and the band name just jumped out at me and reminded me of the great albums (see above) they've recorded in the past.

So please, don't listen to this album, but why not give 'Where the Groupies Killed the Blues' or 'Banquet' a try?

The rating for this album is 2 stars, perhaps 2 ? Don't know, does it matter?

npjnpj | 2/5 |


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