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End of the Turner Era - 72%

MEGANICK89, December 3rd, 2008

Coming off a more rock and guitar oriented "Straight Between the Eyes" the members of Rainbow came just one year later with the final record with Joe Lynn Turner and yet again a change behind the drum kit as Chuck Burgi replaced Bobby Rondinelli. This album features another change in style with more inclusion of the keyboard and guitar working together at the same time during the verses unlike the albums before. While a bit weaker than the previous, it is still a very capable record.

With the use of more keyboard, at times this record grows a bit stale and could have just used more guitar during some songs. On the opening track "Stranded", Ritchie and Dave Rosenthal work the notes and flows wonderfully and then near the end of the song Ritchie takes over with a cool stop-and-go riffing which is awesome. There are other times though, were things just sound too much of the same. "Fool For the Night" and "Make Your Move" are virtually interchangeable and are just about the same with little to no variation.

Some songs on here are great classics however. While "Can't Let You Go" is very commercial and poppy, the operatic keyboard intro and powerful chorus is truly something to behold. "Fire Dance" is a song that fits the mold of the Dio-era tunes and features some great back and forth blazing soloing between the Ritchie and Rosenthal. "Street of Dreams" has like a vibrating keyboard and the sound is very original and has a nice melodic solo from Ritchie and great vocal performance from Joe Lynn Turner.

Two instrumentals are also on this album. See Ritchie doing instrumentals is exciting, but unfortunately they are not really that good. "Anybody There" is just Ritchie doing a slow paced guitar job which while a little bit interesting, it is just too short. That one can be tolerated, but I cannot say the same for "Snowman." The electric and strange sounding drums totally detract everything from this. I do not know why they were trying to experiment with this, but all I know is that it is just terrible.

As was kind of alluded to before, the vocals again on this album are superb. Joe Lynn Turner really found his niche with the band and his melodic, somewhat gruff vocals fit the music greatly. He puts on stunning performances on "Can't Let You Go" by hitting the high note in the chorus and delivers a fine paced vocal line in "Stranded" and does an impressive job changing his pitch and delivery in "Desperate Heart" with his voice carrying on the verse and then kicking it into high gear in the chorus.

New drummer Chuck Burgi does a good job on the album as well. He does nothing spectacular, but he keeps the beat going, especially on "Desperate Heart." Roger Glover again brings a great performance on the bass and has a real neat bass line in "Stranded."

As this record was released, Ritchie had found the end of the rainbow so it seemed as he reunited with the classic Deep Purple line-up. This album is worth owning as it has some great tunes and fans will not be really turned off by it. Every musician has a slick performance on this album and is something to be enjoyed from the more commercial and radio friendly Rainbow.