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Whoosh early reviews

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Several Whoosh reviews from around the web, and they are all very, very positive.

Get Ready to Rock:

There’s no dip in quality; in fact just when you think there should be, track 9, three belters appears. Storming. The band do not sound like they are going to quit any time soon. Only actual physical death, or serious arthritis, is going to stop these guys. No pressure, no expectations, just album of the year so far. Between producer Ezrin and label Ear Music, Deep Purple are in a good place right now. Let’s hope it stays like that. *****

Sonic Perspectives:

When I say they ALMOST completely forgot about their rearview mirror, it’s because their history is too rich to be ignored. “Whoosh!” is undeniably a Deep Purple album, and carries all the elements that made them a force to be reckoned with in the classic rock arena. The title and cover artwork harkens back to the previous release “Infinite”, where the end of the road seemed to be fast approaching. Instead, this new entry in their discography effortlessly scrapes any doubts about their ability to deliver and promises to take the listener into outer space. This may look like an unattainable goal for a band whose members are well into their 70’s, but they reach it with unparalleled flair and ease.

Markus’ Heavy Music Blog

‘Now What?!’ and ‘InFinite’ are for sure great longplayers but in retrospective it feels like they paved the ground for ‘Whoosh!’. Deep Purple’s newest album contains all you can ask for. It’s the typical Deep Purple sound signature providing consistency on which variety shines. These five guys still know how to Rock and it seems they still have a lot of fun in writing and recording stellar Rock music.

9 stars out of 10

Roppongi Rocks

“Whoosh!” is a solid album of grown-up bluesy rock but with some nuanced twists and turns.


No worries, this is a standard Purple release with just a few new wrinkles about it that bring an up to date sense of relevance you will not be able to deny, especially how the lyrics reflect a real-time presence. They manage to wrap their classic sound around current affairs and turn down the wattage for what is a super digestible outcome. Make no mistake this is Deep Purple, but with perhaps a side of something they have not explored enough in the past.

Sentinel Daily:

If this is the swansong then it’s a very good one…

The funky hard rock of Drop The Weapon (which with it’s little Dancing In The Streets quote from keyboarder Don Airey hints at the playfulness of something like Mary Long from 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are) aside, you don’t get much of the ‘classic’ Deep Purple sound anymore. This, of course, shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise should you know anything about the band; singer Ian Gillan is now seventy four years old, and long past any suggestions that he should try and regain the glories of yore…

What is surprising is just how well Purple have repurposed their sound to face the challenges of septuagenerian rock n’roll; Whoosh!, their twenty-first full-length studio album and first since 2017’s Infinite, finds the band in musical repose, broadening their sound to take in, well, anything they feel like doing really.

Ultimate Guitar:

Reviewer’s score: 8 Superb
Users’ score: 5.3 (6 votes)

“Whoosh!” is a good album, perhaps not a future classic or anything, but it’s hard to really find too many glaring faults with it, since its songwriting and musicianship are fairly good, and the band is clearly not resting on its laurels, even more than half a century into their career. About the only negative thing I can say about the record is that it won’t particularly “wow” you if you’ve been following all of the band’s releases up to this point. But it’s still a good effort from a band that has been around practically forever and refuses to simply become a nostalgia act.

Thanks to Attila and Gary Poronovich for the info.

10 Comments to “Whoosh early reviews”:

  1. 1
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Should be a ok’ish soft pop album yeah

  2. 2
    Attila says:

    Another 9.5/10


  3. 3
    Scott McNay says:

    I’ve not liked any songs from this new LP so far. Of course I still believe that the band is still hitting it’s stride. Now What? and Infinite are fantastic albums and rank with their best. They are different to be sure, but I enjoy that the band still grows and still cranks out excellent music.

    So, back to Whoosh… it all sounds plodding so far. I am hopeful that after a few listens it grows on me.

    I’m also of the mindset that any new Deep Purple is better than no Deep Purple and the worst Deep Purple is still better than just about any “rock” music that is being produced today.

    I am looking forward to the release. Long live Deep Purple!

  4. 4
    Dirk says:

    … and here 9,3/10


  5. 5
    Attila says:

    Another one with a good amount of superlatives


  6. 6
    Attila says:

    A recent Paice interview (in German):
    Paice: Nun, wir können die nächsten Monate nicht auf Tour gehen. Wer weiß, warum schreiben wir nicht noch mehr Musik? Und wenn sie gut ist: Warum nicht noch ein Album veröffentlichen?
    Rough translation:
    Well, we can’t go on tour for the next few months. Who knows, why not write more music? And if it’s good: why not put out another album?

    As far as I can see Whoosh will be their most successful album counting several decades. I do not see why they wouldn’t want to do one more.

  7. 7
    Attila says:

    For German speakers by PowerMetal.de:


    Summary in English:
    DEEP PURPLE is still one of the best bands in the world and this is clearly a 10-point album.

  8. 8
    Attila says:

    And in case you care to read another one:


  9. 9
    Buttockss says:

    I like the Grandma reference in the song nothing at all, it reminds me of my Grandmom and the things that she would say, like don’t worry about things you can’t control.

  10. 10
    Bo says:

    A fine album for Deep Purple in 2020, but If you look back, not one song could enter any record from the Mrk 2 days. Where is the rock part? I just can’t find it. There are 4-5 fine songs, but there is not at “A time for Bedlam” on this New album. Just 5 people having fun. And that is GREAT.

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