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3 stars Somehow I'm not feeling the love from this album. Probably one of the most beloved albums in the archives that isn't exactly a prog album. The last two songs contain elements of prog things, but I say this is a hard rock album first and foremost.

Expecting the rock elements here to be subpar would be almost criminal as Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell all play on this album. A plethora of rock riffs invade the first half, so this is euphoria if you like that stuff especially with Blackmore being a master at this kind of thing. These four songs are really hit or miss with ''Run Like the Wolf'' being the weakest track and ''Starstruck'' being the strongest.

With ''Stargazer'', the album makes an epic detour into symphonic rock. Most progsters will find this is the best track of the album, but I tend to think the song's orchestral backings weigh everything down too much. I prefer the relentless pace of ''A Light in the Black'' even if that song runs a little too long. I'd say a prog fan should get this if they want an occasional escape from prog rock.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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