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PERFECT STRANGERS

Deep Purple

 

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3.41 | 402 ratings

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nikow
3 stars Perfect Strangers was the long waited comeback album from the boys. It had been nine years since the last DP album, and even longer since the classic mk2 lineup. I was born earlier in the same year when PS was released, so I can't feel the excitement fans must've felt when they got back together. It surely must've been something quite exhilarating.

All the excitement not withstanding, the resulting comeback album was a disappointment. For my money, it only has a few songs which could be classified as classics. There are of course the concert staples Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Back Door. Those are the two undying classics. But then the rest of the album varies from being good to being ok or merely just acceptable. Under the Gun and Not Responsible are good, while the rest of them I could actually do without. Son of Alerik is a great jam track though, but it is a bonus track.

The band sounds to be in shape, altough the only one really flexing his muscles is Blackmore. His tone is quite bad though. Gillan's voice sounds ok, but a little shot which is really not a miracle considering how he sang in Sabbath. Glover, Lord and Paice take a back seat here.

In conclusion, PS is an ok album from a great band. They should've made a better comeback album. Thankfully we have Morse era for great reunion era albums. 3 stars.

nikow | 3/5 |

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