|Deep Purple Rapture Of The Deep||Edel|
Purple without Blackmore really are chugging along aren't they? This is their 4th album with Steve Morse at the helm and second in relatively quick time, following 2003's Bananas. The band has also constantly toured, keeping the legacy alive, even without a couple of original members.|
I loved their first album with Morse – Perpendicular – it was a unique album and a slight change in sound. The following two left me disappointed or somewhat nonchalant. I'm not sure I can pinpoint the reason – it has to be the songs I guess – but Rapture Of The Deep has me excited again.
This album follows the sound established by this line up and does require several listens to really get into the groove, but it does reward listeners. I found that Bananas didn't.
This is a really loose and groovy record! It has a little attitude and as stated, takes some time to get to know.
But I think the songs gathered make for a great listen. Money Talks and Girls Like That form a great one-two punch to get the album rolling along and for the most part are classic Purple rockers.
This is a long record – for 10 tracks at least. A true groove filled record. There is a lot of music going on here and a lot of different musical parts to get to know.
Take the title track Rapture Of The Deep – drenched in Hammond, with Gillan's authorative vocals guiding it, while Morse adds a quirky guitar riff to hook the listener. Through the song is at least 3 different changes in flow. It makes for an interesting song.
A personal favourite is the subtle mood of the ballad Clearly Quite Absurd. I love the lead vocal here and this was the first track I went back to after playing the album for the first time.
Other highlights are the swagger and boogie of Don't Let Go, the uptempo rocker Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and the 6 minute plus closer Before Time Began.
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