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Golden Earring


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3.01 | 51 ratings

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3 stars To release a follow-up to their extraordinaire ''Montan'' was not an easy task, but this album also belongs to my teenage days and I was quite found of it.

The intro sounds as some sort of ''Overture'' of a concept album and I quite like both section of it: an almost prog intro combined with a strong rock second part. A good start indeed.

The funky hard-rock ''Love is A Rodeo'' is probably not the best song they have ever recorded but the chorus is rather catchy and the beat is very sustained. Not too bad after all.

The last two songs of the A-side of the original album are on par with some of their great predecessors. The former ''The Switch'' is a song with many facets: melodic during the chorus, attractive beat and excellent Barry on the vocals (but this is not a surprise). The jazzy instrumental section also needs to be listened to: excellent bass/drums play.

The climax is of course the huge ''Kill Me''. One of my GE all time fave from the band (with some five other ones). The build up of this song is just outstanding. Ce soir, assassination d'une rock'n'roll star?fini belle vie, bonne nuit. This is another great rock song from these guys. The highlight.

The reggae-ish ''Tons Of Time'' opened the B-side of the vinyl album and this isn't the best of this work. But this side of the album is kind of weaker I must say. Fine rock music, but the enchantment of ''Montan'' is no longer available. Still, Barry plays very good sax during ''Daddy's?''.

The closing ''Lonesome DJ'' is quite good though: melancholic, decadent. It reminds me of some of the good glam days (Bowie).

In all, this album is not essential but pleasant overall. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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