|Thunder The Magnificent Seventh||Frontiers Records|
Thunder are another band that have delivered a variety of styles on their albums over the years – seemingly getting mellower as time went on until they eventually disbanded. Since their reformation, it's obvious the guys have clearly decided to listen to their fans more and through this and their last album, have delivered exactly what they were best loved for in the beginning.|
Shooting At The Sun was a very strong comeback album that saw the band head back towards their hard edged, dirty rock n roll style, as was where they started with Back Street Symphony and Laughing On Judgment Day.
Now for The Magnificent Seventh, which is just that – magnificent! The band further return to their roots with what is arguably their heaviest, or most rocking affair since those first two classic albums.
This new album also tops Shooting At The Sun due to an even stronger collection of songs and a super crisp production in which Luke Morley's guitar is given center stage.
You've heard the lead track and single I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll, which is destined to be a live favourite, but what else does the album offer?
Highlights include the stomping rocker The Gods Of Love, which includes a heavy fire guitar riff that reminds me of the first time I played their wonderful debut – as does Amy's On The Run and One Foot In The Grave, which are more classic Thunder rockers, with guitars right in your face.
Fade Into The Sun is something a little different – the tempo is up, yet the vibe a little more urgent and the guitar sound is something new. Good to see the boys mixing it up a little.
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down is nothing short of a barnstorming, bring the house down rocker, which works well in it's position in the running order. And what a guitar solo!
Always enamored with the mid-tempo rocker, Thunder continues to deliver there also with a couple of solid tracks in Monkey See, Monkey Do and The Pride.
I'm Dreaming Again is a soft, sentimental, acoustic driven ballad as is Together Or Apart – both tracks breaking up the intensity of the rockers around them and adding texture to the album – the latter getting a little bluesier and dirtier as time moves on.
To finish the album, you guessed it - One Fatal Kiss rocks again, but this time just a little less than some earlier tracks and in an original format.
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