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Thunder Robert Johnson's Tombstone Frontiers Records
FRCD308
Produced By: Luke Morley

Running Time: 52.44

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers Thunder
90%
Songs: 86%
Sound: 94%
Being free-agents has allowed British rock greats Thunder the freedom to do as they please. That has seen them fall into a very productive period which has seen three albums released in relatively quick succession since the band first stormed back with Shooting At The Sun.
Thunder know what formula works for them and over the last couple of albums have concentrated on delivering songs in their traditional guitar driven style, with that unmistakable hard edge and a bluesy swagger.
Robert Johnson's Tombstone continues that Thunder formula, so instantly you know who it is from the opening 30 seconds of the album and also that it will be a winner with fans.
The very nature of the style and sound of this album hits the spot with this long time Thunder fan, and the sound quality (thanks to the well trained ears of Luke Morley) is equal to the best albums the guys have recorded.
The only thing left to dissect is the quality of the songs. And the band don't disappoint there either, although I wouldn't rate this album quite as highly as the last two.
Once again Thunder knows what works, so fans get the usual blend of high energy rockers with punchy guitar riffs (Dirty Dream, The Devil Made Me Do It, Andy Warhol Said, Stubborn Kinda Love) and the odd blusier number (What A Beautiful Day, Last Man Standing and the title track Robert Johnson's Tombstone).
And no one should forget to mention the soft acoustic driven ballads which start slow and end with a bang (A Million Miles, It's All About You) and the very tender and reflective ballad My Darkest Hour, which shows an emotional maturity in the vocals of frontman Danny Bowles.
The Bottom Line
Otherwise, no shock and no real change of game plan for Thunder, which will please long time fans and recent converts alike. They genuinely are one of the most consistent bands in the scene right now and while I prefer the last album over this one, Thunder have again delivered another high quality, top notch record.
I might add for whatever reason I feel necessary, that the album title is not the best the band has come up with and the cover art is just plain silly. There I've said it now!
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

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

Essential For Fans Of:
Thunder
British Melodic Rock
Track Listing
Robert Johnson's Tombstone
Dirty Dream *
A Million Faces
Don't Wanna Talk About Love *
The Devil Made Me Do It
Last Man Standing
My Darkest Hour *
Andy Warhol Said
What a Beautiful Day
It's All About You
Stubborn Kinda Love *

--*Best Tracks


04/01/07: Dan MacDonald - dan_mac62@hotmail.com
Rating: 98
Great ! Stupendous ! Amazing ! is that enough ? What a great album. There's nobody out there doing this style of hard rock /blooze as well as Thunder. Full of riffs ,great vocals & more riffs. Filling a void left by Zeppelin ,Bad Co. & Whitesnake. Can't wait for the next one ! Don't hesistate.

10/12/06: CJ Plain - CJPlain@yahoo.com
Rating: 95
Yet another brilliant piece of classic music from Thunder. They have remained one of those rare bands that you just KNOW are always going to deliver the goods. I haven't heard a bad record from these guys yet.

I haven't really been able to pick out a favorite song, they all have their reasons for being there. Danny's vocals are as amazing as ever.

06/12/06: Figge - anderssonfigge@hotmail.com
Rating: 86
I liked (parts of) both "Shooting At The Sun" and "Magnificent Seventh" but this one is their best since "Behind Closed Doors", in my opinion. Quality classic hard rock as always! Very competent band.

03/12/06: Terry K. - terrygk3@juno.com
Rating: 95
I can never decide which band is best-Thunder or Gotthard. But as usual,these guys have done it again!! What a great cd! If you're reading this and haven't heard these guys yet (is that even possible?)RUN out and get this and just about everything else they've ever released! You can't get any more 'CLASSic' than Thunder-awesome stuff. Great job,guys!

28/11/06: Martin - mj@howsepascal.fsnet.co.uk
Rating: 94
As always, Thunder come up with the goods. This is even better than "The Magnificant Seven" to my ears. "My Darkest Hour" is an emotive, stunning ballad; and "The Devil Made Me Do It" is typical riff-friendly Thunder. Danny is singing better than ever, and Luke's songwriting goes from strength to strength. I've loved this band since they were Terraplane. And having just seen them at The Forum in London, the new material sounds stunning live, too. If you're already a fan, you'll probably buy it anyway...but if you're not, give them a go. You'll not find a more genuine, hard-working band around.

26/11/06: Michael Scott - darrenkool@shaw.ca
Rating: 100
Pretty close to the best that they have ever done.
I even like the cover art!
The best of '06 - Won't be leaving my cd player for a long time.

25/11/06: Sava - svemirski_modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 49
Best Thunder albums are: "Backstreet Symphony", "Behind Closed Doors" and "Giving The Game Away"! Why? Those albums are filled with great and catchy melodic/hard rock songs! "Robert Johnson's Tombstone" doesn't have that kind of songs.

25/11/06: Splash777 - Splash777@msn.com
Rating: 85
If Thunder could only get some mainstream rocognition! This album is solid as a rock from beginning to end. The bands always been better than most of their peers. This album proves once again how great they are... I will admit that I agree with above review on the album's title. Horrible! Come on lads this makes it sound like a tribute record or worse a reworking of all his stuff to your own style. I was disappointed when I saw the title because that's exactly what I thought it was going to be. Boy was I happy to find out it was a regular Thunder album. The production is top notch as always, so is the musicianship. Danny's vocals are as good here as they were on the first album. Harry James is nothing short of perfect. His drumming is so underrated. He does sit in the pocket but everything he does is tasteful and inspired. Luke's playing is great and the rest of the band hold up their ends.
The bands inclusion of too many ballads is my only bitch. I like the band better when they rock. If you enjoy rock & roll music you'll enjoy Thunder. Don't miss out on this band.

24/11/06: RL - n/a
Rating: 80
Good solid release , as is the majority of their catalog.

Danny could sing the Star Spangled Banner over and over and I'd buy it...LOL What a voice....

Track highlights include: A Million Faces, & My Darkest Hour...

Good album but I still lean to BEHIND CLOSED DOORS & BACKSTREET SYMPHONY as my favs.


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