|Street Legal Bite The Bullet||Frontiers Records|
Not too many bands will go 9 years between their first and second albums and live to tell the story. Let alone their waiting fans! |
But too many years later the guys are finally back. Let's be honest here – the only chance they guys had was to deliver a cracking good record and one that outshines the debut. And I think they've done just that.
Bite The Bullet isn't as heavy as the debut Thunderdome, rather it is a little more refined and mature even, but it still packs a punch and is a very fine melodic hard rock record in every way.
While we sit back and contemplate the possibilities of a new Thin Lizzy album, I highly recommend you spend that time with Street Legal.
Bite The Bullet mixes the classic British hard rock influences of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake (both the Lynott and Coverdale comparisons are uncanny), with that typical Scandi twist to round things off.
The band include a few covers into proceedings – the storming Stage Dolls rocker Loadin' Up, which is given heavy treatment; the ever popular Michael Sembello pop rocker Maniac which is again rocked up and the very curious decision to include a version of the tongue in cheek Bad News 'masterpiece' Warriors Of Genghis Kahn.
All good fun and the band don't take themselves too seriously here. But the real strength in the album is the original compositions.
The Whitesnake styled rocker (written by Tommy LaVerdi) Somebody Up There Likes Me is cool, but the Thin Lizzy mid-tempo blues rocker Unconditional Love is pure gold.
Shadow In My Heart could be a classic Coverdale sung MTV ballad and Bite The Bullet could have come straight off the band's debut. Starship Trooper and Trapped are both Lizzy styled uptempo melodic rockers. The Battle Of Kringen is an interesting instrumental, with the epic heavy ballad/rocker Silent Tear closing the classy album off.
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