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2 stars For anyone wanting to hear Rainbow for the first time, this album is probably the worst starting point. This album is Rainbow´s most radio friendly, AOR, melodic rock album ever.

The opening number "Death Alley Driver" reminds me of a watered down version of Deep Purple´s "Highway Star" with the theme on speed and fast cars, except that it fails miserably. "Stone Cold" sounds like something Foreigner would record in the eighties. Blackmore however, plays a fantastic solo on this track.

"Bring on the night", "Tite Squeeze", "Rock Fever", "Miss Mistreated" and "Power" are very poor (and commercial sounding) compositions. The direction that they took on this album was very dissapointing. "Power" has to be the worst song they ever recorded!

The strongest tracks are "Tearin´out my heart" and "Eyes of Fire", which showcase some excellent guitar playing from Blackmore.

I gave this album two stars, One - for completionists, and the other for the guitar solos.

WaywardSon | 2/5 |


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