1981 and Heavy Metal was exploding in Britain. Newer bands were getting faster and heavier. Vocals were screamingly impressive. Blackmore’s Rainbow was exempt from that movement, staying the path from their previous fourth albums. This time they have two new members. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and drummer Bob Rondinelli.
Musicianship is OK. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore throws out many heavy and faster riffs and threading guitar solos, but then the album seems to keep repeating itself. Another huge part of the music is keyboardist Don Airey who really throws in a lot of weird sounds and solos. Roger Glover’s bass seems to be the only thing that is top notch. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, although good, just isn’t standing out from any other vocalists.
The album starts out decent, then the second song hits and it blows you away. After that, it becomes more poppy adding more of the early 1980’s pop to Rainbow’s classic sound. From there, the album just looses that power and becomes a bit stale and stagnate. There sin’t really anything here that distinguishes the band from all of the other groups. We have nothing more than just a regular average classic rock sounding record. To me, this album doesn’t produced the energy that Rainbow once had.
1. “I Surrender”4:01
2. “Spotlight Kid”4:54
3. “No Release” 5:33
4. “Magic” 4:07
5. “Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)” (instrumental) 3:17
6. “Can’t Happen Here” 4:57
7. “Freedom Fighter” 4:21
8. “Midtown Tunnel Vision” 4:31
9. “Difficult to Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)” (instrumental) 5:57