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Golden Earring


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2.55 | 18 ratings

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2 stars One thing is for sure: ''Golden Earring'' is a prolific band. Even in the middle of the eighties while their music was not on par any longer with their glorious albums, the band kept on releasing studio albums on a regular basis.

This N.E.W.S is using some recipe from their previous record. The disco-rock opener has some flavour from the good ''Twilight Zone'' (which sounded as ''Miss You''). Just average to be honest. The next track has a serious ''Sparks'' timber and is actually a very good moment of music: dynamic, positive and stirring.

It has been ages that a GE album do start with good songs! They must have learned by the time?

It is true to say that the album fully sounds as an eighties product: the new wave ''Enough Is Enough'' can be described as such. Solid rhythm, some synthetic beat: but the whole doesn't sound too bad. So far it is actually a good surprise to discover this album.

But unfortunately the next track with its funky effects can't be credited of the same value. And the title track which follows is by far the weakest of the whole. Five long and difficult minutes: painful backing vocals, uniform beat and again these funky sounds are definitely too much.

After such a treat, the band is rewarding the listener with another good rock song: ''I'll Make it All Up To You'' is a fine number in the tradition of the band (even if less complex than the greatest ones). In those days, I guess that it was the best that the band could achieve, but honestly it sounds really good. Almost like in the good old days (yes, I know that I am a nostalgic of these times).

''Mission Impossible'' is also built on a disco-rock beat and is rather a decent track as well (provides that you can tolerate this mix) while the good closing ''It's Over Now'' is a more classic GE tune based on a fine rock beat and melodic vocals.

This album is of course not essential (the last good one IMHHO was ''Contraband'') but it has its good moments. Two stars for the fifth time in a row.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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