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Thunder Bang! Frontiers Records
FRCD392
Produced By: Luke Morley

Running Time: 54.36

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers
79%
Songs: 75%
Sound: 85%
We should never take bands like Thunder for granted. They are the kind of band that don't take a lot of the glory and yet pop up consistently each 12-18 months or so with a new album, which in most cases is consistent with the high quality the band has offered in the past.
Thunder's last album was in 2006 and like this, was a solid collection of classic sounding tunes that serviced fans, keeping them happy.
Bang! won't win Album Of The Year (but might be in the running for worst album cover of the year once again) and for me doesn't rank as their very best, yet it delivers most of what you wish of a Thunder album and should keep fans happy until next time.
Bang is a fairly commercial slice of Thunder rock, slightly softer than the last couple of albums as a whole, but still filled with great vocals, big guitars and that trademark rhythm section. I do think the songwriting is a little weaker than past efforts and I found myself over this album pretty quickly.
On The Radio is a cracking classic Thunder single and yes, it isn't likely you will hear that on the radio.
Stormwater is a likable rocker too, but the next few songs don't really hit the spot for me, which is unusual considering my past appreciation of everything Thunder and especially their killer debut.
It is the bluesy acoustic driven rocker Have Mercy that next appeals, followed by the soulful ballad watching Over You.
The Zeppelinesque rock of Miracle Man and Turn Left At California showcase a band willing to experiment while Love Sucks is again, pure classic Thunder.
The closing song Honey is among the best on the album, but overall they are a few songs short of a solid album.
The Bottom Line
I don't think the production is as tight as on past albums and for the most part the songs lack that chorus spark the band normally delivers. Still, Thunder deliver more than most bands are capable of and remain ever consistent generally speaking. Another album in a long illustrious career and of course we look forward to the next one.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Backstreet Symphony
Laughing On Judgement Day
Behind Closed Doors
Thrill Of It All
Giving The Game Away
Shooting At The Sun
The Magnificent Seventh
Robert Johnson's Tombstone
Bang!

Line Up:
Danny Bowes: Vocals
Luke Morley: Guitar
Ben Mathews: Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Harry James: Drums
Chris Childs: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Thunder
Track Listing
On The Radio *
Stormwater *
Carol Ann
Retribution
Candy Man
Have Mercy *
Watching Over You
Miracle Man
Turn Left At California
Love Sucks *
One Bullet
Honey *

--*Best Tracks


18/12/08: andy - andrezer@gmail.com
Rating: 95
one of their best record, sound & production fantastic, songwriting amazing, what a band, no bad songs but ON THE RADIO & TURN LEFT AT CALIFORNIA simply jewels - hope they can go on and on and on for many years ... I wonder which album Andrew listen to it, completely disagree with the review.

06/12/08: frytz - frytzsdmf@gmx.net
Rating: 95
I just love this CD. It's not a classic like the backstreet symphony and laughing on judgement day - still I really like the move towards some "poppy" melodies and some cool lyrics. While the tombstone was all in one mood - and for me missing the fun aspect of the older albums, this is more upbeat and has quite a mix of different moods on there! couldn't have been a better album for 2008 I think!

29/11/08: john - jcrout@comcast.net
Rating: 85
This Cd Is My First Thunder Experience,I Like this cd alot it has an good groove.I love singers voice alot,Going into there back catalog to discover this band all over again..
Top Tracks,On The Radio,Carol Ann,Candy Man,Miracle Man,Turn Left At California,One Bullet...

27/11/08: PW - PW@undisclosed.com
Rating: 80
Not the best Thunder CD and probably the weakest of the last 4 since their return. There are some good songs on the CD that will become concert favourites, but I can't help thinking that a number of them would be better suited to a third Bowes & Morley release. The worst part of the CD has to be the sound, especially the guitars. Gibson's are meant to be thick and ballsy sounding, but on "Bang" they are thin and weak. More of a fizzle than a bang. The awesome Thunder live sound has not translated well on this CD. There has been a tendancy of late to deliver mixes on the harsh treble side, this is a prime example. Rock guitar has always been about "tone" and this one doesn't do it for me. Hope it sounds better live (and please don't record in a castle next time!)

27/11/08: Heppy - heppy55@hotmail.co.uk
Rating: 90
Took me a few spins to get into this one, but into it big time now, especially after seeing some of the tracks live last night. Another gem from the masters.


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