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BANANAS

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.07 | 229 ratings

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WaywardSon
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3 stars This album opens with "House of Pain" which just sounds too honky tonk for me, seriously the opening track should be something a bit more interesting (Like on Purpendicular for example)

On "Sun goes down" things start to improve, itīs a slower song with some great keyboard from Don Airey. "Haunted" is one of my favourites on this album, in fact I love this song! This is a ballad with a great guitar solo by Morse and even has female backup singers. I usually listen to this twice or even three times before continuing. This is the kind of song you either love or hate. I love it!

Just when I think the album is getting better along comes the song "Razzle Dazzle" This is really cringe worthy, worst song on the album by far.

"Silver Tongue" is another firm favourite and Morse is given space to let rip a little. "Walk On" is good but sounds a bit like Dire Straits in a way, a bit dull and dissapointing in general. "Picture of Innocence" has some interesting keyboards and "I got your number" is a bit too commercial.

"Never a word" is beautiful , itīs sort of a ballad with a twist. I think this was some very old music that they revamped. At last they are sounding a bit more adventurous.

This leads to "Bananas" which is what Deep Purple should really be doing, the classic guitar and organ duels, but this time itīs not Blackmore and Lord, but Airey and Morse and they do a fine job. Itīs a great track.

"Doing it tonight" has that hypnotic riff that makes this song hard not to dislike. The album closes with "Contact Lost", a short instrumental where Steve is alone on guitar. This song could have been a bit longer and a lot more interesting.

On this albums Gillanīs vocals are brought to the front of the mix and he is in great form. I still think it would have been even better if they had used Roger Glover as Producer. All in all, a step up from Abandon and a step down from Purpendicular.

WaywardSon | 3/5 |

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