|Bonfire Double X||LZ Records|
Bonfire's last studio album was so bad it nearly put them out of business. It put them in a position where nothing less than an absolute classic was required to get them back to the top of the heap.|
Double X is not that album, but it at least gets the band somewhat back on track. The guys return to the same hard rocking sound used prior to the horrible Free album.
The only problem is that it does not address the very same issue the band's fans have had for a decade now – a desire for the guys to return to their very best – the sounds of such classics as Fireworks and Point Blank.
Double X will please long time fans that stayed patient, as it returns to the band's straight ahead European hard rock sound and is more or less, a melodic friendly record.
The album itself sounds great – sonically much better than Free. The guys produced it themselves and their individual performances are of a high standard – as one would expect.
The songs themselves still need some work. I still don't hear enough big hooks and there are no real rocking anthems or high flying harmony vocals as there were on the band's earliest albums.
When they rock – the just rock – such as on Day 9-11, But We Still Rock, Right Things Right and Bet Your Bottom Dollar. I could use some bigger choruses here and the guitars are more or less riffing without much flair – not too many theatrics in play here.
On this album the guys actually sound their best when they slow it down a little. The mid-tempo and acoustic driven Cry For Help has a great chorus; What's On Your Mind is a great little pop/rock anthem and Notion Of Love brings back memories of the band's best years.
The big ballad of the album Blink Of An Eye is included twice – a little unnecessary. The 6 minute regular version is "enhanced" by a nearly 8 minute extended version that closes the album. Once would have been enough fellas!
And a special mention for Rap Is Crap. Yes I agree completely with the lyrical sentiment of the track, but it's pretty average at best and didn't they have a little rap influence on one track from the last album?
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