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There are few bands that can match the amazingly high standards of Deep Purple. Even Deep Purple themselves have had trouble keeping up to their own standard, but with "Purpendicular", they really demonstrated that they still are the true monsters of rock. The album really is one of their strongest ever, and Steve Morse injects an amazing amount of good ideas and a fierce energy that the band hadn't had since the early seventies. One can really hear what a great time the band had playing theser songs.
The album opens with a heavy, pounding song called "Ted the Mechanic". This song would have been enough to save even the lousiest record. It's simply amazing. The riffs are great, the chord proggressions are well structured, the vocals are powerfull, and Steve's solo is as always amazing. This feel holds on throughout the entire album and there are moments here and there that are better than anything they wrote in the old days.
The second song "Loosen my strings", is a great power ballad, with breathtaking dynamics, and again beautiful melodies, with great structures. The chorus is very uplifting and it stays in your mind.
"Soon forgotten" is another example of a great, wild and fun side of Purple that one rarely sees. The organ work on this track is stunning and you are reminded why Jon Lord is regarded as one of the greatest keyboard players of all time.
The album can feel more heavy and metallic than older records, but Steve's sound blends so well with the rest of the guys, you almost wish that he'd joined the band earlier.
One of the greatest moments of the album is the guitar/organ solo in "I'm not your lover". It really stuns you. It's all just straight arpeggios, but it so good you can't believe it.
"Rosa's cantina" is a groovy and very cool track, which starts out with bass and organ. It's got a nice funky feel about it and it's different in a fun way, not just the normal formula.
The last three tracks however are the best. Just when you think that the album can't get any better, it does. "Hey Cisco" is a fast, heavy song. It has great solos and nice lyrics. Ian Gillan truly is a master of humorous lyrics. He can make any boring subject into something laughable, something he clearely demonstrates here. "Somebody stole my guitar" has the coolest riff on the hole album. Heavy, bluesy and groovy. The furious drumming from Ian Paice lifts the entire track and Roger Glovers bass has great tone.
"The Purpendicular Waltz" is pure blues, with the Purple touch. Great lyrics, great guitars and great drumming. It's a good closing track and leaves you with a nice overall feeling of the album.
"Purpendicular" is a breathtaking album, which crushes all doubts about no more Purple after Blackmore. All the songs are well-written and have got all the riffs and melodies you could ever wish for. Suddenly Purple weren't this bunch of old, bored guys. They were Deep Purple. The true masters of all heavy rock. This album is essential for all hard rock and metal fans who like Purple.