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NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE

Wishbone Ash

 

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BigDaddyAEL1964
3 stars Even better than Front Page News, this album stands toe to toe with Wishbone Four, maybe by a hair lower!

Let's see my track-by-track analysis:

You See Red: The best starter of a Wishbone Ash album since "So Many Things To Say" from Wishbone Four; and this one is even better! One of their greatest hits, they still perform it live. Timeless riff, a fantastic composition overall.

Baby The Angels Are Here: A very nice bluesy rocker, but with somewhat decent lyrics. Not very special all in all.

Ships In The Sky: It frustrates me that I have the feeling I've heard a famous song a lot like this, but I can't recall which one! Anyway, I might be wrong... The chorus is very catchy, it's in your head once you listen to it once. Sounds like a big hit although it wasn't.

Stand And Deliver: Yes! Bravo! A wonderful song, one that belongs to their "Best Of" in my opinion! The stand-out track of the album along with You See Red.

Anger In Harmony: A two-in-one song, with a softer first part that changes to a rocker at about 2:50. The the two guitarists exchange consecutive riffs to the very end of the song. Not bad, not special either.

Like A Child: The guitar solos of Wishbone Ash are ALWAYS great, so I don't wanna judge the song by the solo, although it's indeed fabulous. The rest of the song reminds me of the Dire Straits style, and it stands on a lower level than most tracks on this album.

The Way Of The World (Part 1): A mid tempo song with nothing special music-wise, but with a great vocal performance by Andy Powell. It fades into...

The Way Of The World (Part 2): ...which is a faster song with almost constant soloing, which flows fast but offers nothing monumental.

RATING: 3,5 stars but not 4, so 3.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |

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