House of Pain
Great opening track. Love Paiceys cowbell and an excellent chunky
riff from Steve. Gillans voice is a little thin as the years go buy but his
delivery as usual is great. Great words about the difficulties men feel about
woman. Like the song a lot. very nice typically Morse solo and Don sounds so
much like Jon alone more interested than Jon sounded on Abandon. Don is GREAT!!!!!!
I rate this song a
Sun Goes Down
This is a heavy track. Great intro by Don (very Mr Crowley like
for a second ) and then a heavy riff. This has an Abandon heavy dark feel. Could
almost be an Ozzy Osborne song. Like it but this will take a while to grow on
me. Interesting mid tempo Morse solo with Paicey riding the cymbal...very cool.
Dons solo is hot at the end. He is great. I am already a great fan. I love Lordy
but Airey is a fabulous breath of fresh air.
Nice ballad. Somehow Gillans vocals are a bit nasal but the delivery
and passion is good. Its a soft easy to listen to song with nice female backing
vocals. Don on piano with lovely little touches and chords. Steves solo is pretty.
Its a nice song but not much more than that. Pretty sound and melodic. Nice
but not great strings as well just for something different. Nice production.
A cool song which seems to be about Ian Gillans life on stage
and his feelings about performing. Nice hammond sound. It chugs along nicely
without being great. As usual clever and well written lyrics. Pretty cool but
not brilliant by any means . Paicey is nice and up front in the mix. Cool honky
tonk piano solo from that man Don Airey. YEEEOOWW!
Yeah baby. This is cool. Grungy and modern with cool sci fi noises
whizzing around in the background. I like it very much and a nice hook. Cool
guitar from Steve in the second verse is a highlight. Cool hammond from Don
and also some synth going on in there behind the mix. Paicey is really precise.
NOW WE ARE COOKING BABY!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!
A wonderful blues number with brilliant atmospher from Steves very first cello
effect notes. This is top shelf Purple one of their best songs in years. Yes
it is a blue ballad but its oh so cool...lyricaally and musically. Gillan is
awesome on this one....so lovely and heartfelt. A absolutely beautiful solo
from Steve. Its so subtle, melodic and fitting to the mood of the song. Don
is laying a wonderful foundations throughout and a nice solo too. the song finishes
in an earie finish much like it starts best banana so far on the album!!!!!!!
Pictures of Innocence
THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE!!!!!!! THIS KICK SERIOUS ARSE GUYS!!!!!!!!
Brilliant lyrics. This is all about the bane of political correctness and herd
mentality. Sounds a bit like 'Almost Human' in parts but with an enormous amount
of punch, particularly the absolutley knock out raunchy rocking chorus. This
is a GREAT song. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! The production is great. Don is
great. Steve is great. Gillan sounds FANTASTIC like he is enjoying it immensly.
The band is on fire hear. WHAT A CHORUS!!!!! 'No drinks no smokes, no dickin'
around and no dirty jokes' Whats next no sex...the end of the road we got no
hope' YEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW BABY!!!!!!!!!!
Never a Word
A real gem of a song. Very pretty and shows great partnership
between Morsey and Don and Paicey. Paicey plays very beautifully on this. Gillans
lyric and delivery is ever so sweet. This is such a pretty song and unlike anything
I have ever heard from Purple. It reminds me of something but I cant put my
finger on it. A lovely lovely song showing the great versatility of the band.
I think the HEAVY rocking fans and headbangers are gonna hate this one!!!
I've Got Your Number
A very very solid number. A complex song with excellent musicianship.
Greatly improved and completed since it was 'Up the Wall' on the British 2002
tour. I like the musicality and complexity of this song. Great solos from Steve
and Paicey shuffles along nicely. Almost a great song but something about it
gives me a sort of labouring feeling. Its probably just the tempo which is neither
here nor there. Interesting soft middle bit that builds back into the main part
oif the song. Interesting song.
Didn't dig this one at first until it sunk in what it's purpose
is. It's a wonderful vehicle for some awesome trade off playing between Morse
and Airey. Solo after solo. Really really cool. Not melodic....not pretty...an
ugly sort of song really but it kicks arse in a bizarre sort of way. Harmonica
throughout too. Steve and Don are just ripping this track to bits in a really
spectacular way. Don is really really hot and is THE MAN for the keys in DP
now NO DOUBT!!!!!!! Love Jon and always will but I don't think this album would
have been as good without Don Airey.
Doing it Tonight
WOW!!!!! A cool sort of latin rythmn in a hot DP song. This song
CRACKS me up in so many ways. Musically and lyrically and some really cool production.
What a funky funky beat and lovely double dubbed vocals from Gillan. Morse sounds
sweet and Dons piano is in the background and some nice hammond underlay. Really
really cool. Something about this song pushes my buttons. Must be that cool
latin beat. Dons solo is really neat too.The chorus is kind of grungy. Terrific
song.....I reckon some of those headbangers wont know what to make of it.
A beautiful beautiful piece of work by Steve. Can't describe
it any better than to say its is so lovely and ends so suddenly in the same
way the astronauts lives were snuffed out. Visions in my mind of orbiting the
planet. Happiness, elations, smiles and then POW, DEATH!!! Spinetingling stuff.
Thanks Steve this is very very special.
Total rating 51/60 - great work by this awesome band.
There you have it guys. Its a seriously good album. I absolutley
love my Bananas!
Cheers all enjoy the ride. Purple rule!