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Golden Earring


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2.38 | 27 ratings

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2 stars Somewhere between the release of Moontan and Cut, the two most popular albums by Golden Earring, the band continued it's aimless wandering of trying to find their next hit, and the proof of their wandering is probably most evident in their 1978 release "Grab It For a Second". With the release of each album during this time, their popularity kept waning as their music just seemed to keep missing the mark. The band was constantly trying to get notoriety, but it seems they were having a lot of trouble trying to find that sweet spot, pushing their music to be more rock oriented, radio friendly and less progressive.

There really isn't much to say about "Grab It for a Second" since it just doesn't have a lot to offer. What you have here is a very short album with 8 songs on it, only one of them exceeding the 6 minute mark. Throughout the album, you hear the band missing opportunities left and right to make some great music, even if it isn't progressive, yet they can't seem to pull that off. Neither Hay nor Kooyman's vocals show any kind of emotion. The entire band just seems like they are going through the motions of "hurry and release another album and fill it with songs that were written in 5 minutes and sound like they were recorded in 2 minutes".

There really is only two tracks that stand out on this lackluster album: "Leather" which is a mid-tempo blues rocker that also appears on their "Continuing Story of Radar Love" compilation (which you would be better off getting than this album), and "Against the Grain" which breaks from the boring formula of rock beats to be a bit more heartfelt and more ballad-like, even hinting at some progressiveness, but not enough to really waste your time with this album.

The album goes by rather quickly with hardly anything on it to make any impression on the listener. It's all just less-than- mediocre music that has no soul or great hooks. If the performers can't bring out any enthusiasm for the music, than how can you expect their fans to get excited about it. Once again, Golden Earring misses the mark, but this time, seemingly even further than before.

TCat | 2/5 |


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