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Deep Purple December 2019; Photo: Ben Wolf

A few select reviews of Whoosh from the press we haven’t covered before. And if the album seemingly has split the fanbase down the middle, critics’ reaction has been pretty much overwhelmingly positive.

Associated Press (and being AP, it’s been reprinted all over the place; no score given):

Any ensemble still willing and able to emulate its best years shouldn’t call it quits after an album as good as “Whoosh!” — unless Deep Purple wants to go out on a peak.

NME (3/5):

Packed full of decadent riffs, haunted house keyboards and frontman Ian Gillan’s gloriously hammy vocals, ‘Whoosh!’ isn’t just a testament to their staying power, but perhaps one of the most stupidly fun and outrageously silly albums of the year – and goodness, we’re all in need of a bit of fun right now, aren’t we?

MEAWW (no score):

[Lineup] changes aside, ‘Whoosh!’ is an interesting release. It has a gorgeously classic rock sound to it, one that is sure to transport you back to the height of rock and roll’s glory days, but it isn’t one that sees the band’s sound stagnate in any way. Despite evoking a sense of nostalgia, Deep Purple keeps things fresh on ‘Whoosh!’ As they tell it, on this album, the band has “stretched out in all directions,” truly allowing their creativity to be their guiding light. And the result is the band’s most versatile record to date.

Metal Wani (9.5/10):

By itself ‘Whoosh!’ presents itself as a standard of impeccable musicianship and production quality which is obviously backed by the rich trove of the band’s experiences over the decades.

Cryptic Rock (3/5):

Definitely an album which proves how Progressive Deep Purple can be, Whoosh! is certainly one of the more diverse sounding Deep Purple collections. At the core, Whoosh! is very eclectic in the way it combines the right balance between a classic heavy Rock sound and Progressive Rock. As a stand out, Gillan’s voice is very distinctive and Whoosh! will strike a chord with fans of Deep Purple’s more recent works. Needless to say, Deep Purple are here to stay and Whoosh! is the next chapter for these pioneers of Rock music. For these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Whoosh! 3 out of 5 stars.

BangerTV (4/5):

Thanks to Jim Collins for the heads up.

17 Comments to “Them decadent riffs”:

  1. 1
    Thomas Bormann Matzen says:

    The stupid thing is that some fans expect to get a new machinehead, in rock or burn album… bands Are evolving… so do the music… to me i think Whoosh is a strong statement with some killer tracks…

  2. 2
    Steve Hunt says:

    Whoosh just might be the finest album of the Morse era.Im absolutely loving it.Remission Possible into Man Alive is EPIC.

  3. 3
    Keith Livingstone says:

    Thomas Bormann Matzen There’s nothing wrong with wanting music similar to that which we like. A little different is fine but if that was the case the newer songs would survive in the live shows…and they don’t

  4. 4
    Keith Livingstone says:

    ‘Needless to say, Deep Purple are here to stay …’
    Really, after only 52yrs that’s good to know…

  5. 5
    Tony says:

    Just listining to Whoosh once.
    Boring …. are they participate for the Eurosongvision ???? The riffs are boring, it’s a mix of Bananas
    and Rapture of the deep.
    Deep Purple is a great live band all over the years and that’s what they still are.

    They made the album in august 2019, they had a very tough tour schedule, so I think this album is a bit of leftovers from the Infinite album.

    Remission possible best song, that is a pitty. Sorry guys !

  6. 6
    Jonas says:


    Well, Uncommon Man has been in the set for 7 years instead of “When A Blind Man Cries” which would be on the place of Uncommon Man in the set.

  7. 7
    Chris Parsons says:

    The newer songs don’t survive is many fans want the “hits”, and aren’t satisfied unless they get a time machine set list. As Ritchie has always said,its just nostalgia. To each their own,I guess.

  8. 8
    Søren Skaarup says:

    One of the most boring albums from Old Geeezer Purple..IG’s has almost no voice left and I’d the impression DP was a rockband.Well no more.

  9. 9
    John Nash says:

    Søren Skaarup Then why the fsck are you here. They’re in their 70s. “At our age, you can’t expect us to write about fast cars and fast women”. — Ian Gillan on Whoosh!

  10. 10
    errolarias says:

    I really like the album. I didn’t like Infinite.. Only three Tracks to remember (“Time for Bedlam”,”Bird of Prey”,”The Surprising”, “All I got is you” the rest boring IMHO) , but this new album is different.. Is something like “Now What” : Variety, creativity,dexterity, musicianship, cutting edge sound.. and so many things that made Deep Purple the best band in the world.. Morse have left behind the sound of the Dregs that marked his solos , to bring a more natural sound full of feeling , and I think it created an wonderful atmosphere along the album..

    “Whoosh” is special.. With the exception of “What the What” I think each song has something special to say .. and IMHO “Power of the Moon” is one of the best DP Songs in years.

    Long Live Deep Purple.. “Whoosh” , for me : 4.5/5

  11. 11
    Scott Bell says:

    The band only gets better with age, third straight 10/10 album in a row. Ezrin’s a match made in heaven.

  12. 12
    Andre Sihotang says:

    Who said newer songs don’t survive?????
    Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming has survived around 24 years. Contact Lost, albeit instrumental, stayed in the set since 2003. Uncommon Man has been played in every concert since 2013.
    And Time for Bedlam has been played always since 2017.

  13. 13
    Andre Sihotang says:

    Amazing album

  14. 14
    Joe Bridge says:

    Deep purple been in my life from their beginning, the talant you all bring has been under rated, man you guys keep rocking on, no slowing down from age, you keep me an other old guys going. The rock in the back is the best of the best. Rock an Roll will never die! Thanks to Deep Purple!

  15. 15
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    The reason why the old songs remain in the set is because they are just better. They are the classics and the new ones may be okay but they still aren’t as good

  16. 16
    Buttockss says:

    Where to buy in South Jersey ? no stores in this shit state.

  17. 17
    Olaf Jaekel says:

    I pity those poor souls you use sites like this to wax on about the good old days of Blackmore. Get yourself a life, I mean, or if that’s your idea of one, get yourself a never-ending-loop of Smoke on the Water and doze off… But don’t bore us with that spoilsport self pity!

    Or, if you have ears, listen to these old boys and what they are putting out in 2020, and love it: Stunning stuff, amazing musicianship, you could not find anything close to it this season. They sound like a five – or six – piece union totally at ease with themselves, bursting with creativity, and radiating shere joy! I have a big smile on my face listening to four or five of those tracks, and the whole album keeps growing on you. Unless (s.a.)…

    Thank you, guys! I salute you, and am looking forward to the tour, as soon as it picks up. Keep on inspiring us, and don’t let go! Whoosh!!!

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