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Both of these tracks remind me of the song “Jailbreak” because of the fat rhythm, collective band energy, and straightforward direction. As a single, “Waiting For An Alibi” does its job by being short, focused, and catchy enough to woo audiences into the Black Rose album, which is another cool effort in the long line of worthy Lizzy albums. Like a lot of other bands, Lizzy was leaving the ‘70s and going out with a bang. The way they saw it, this was just another single to propel them further into the spotlight.
“Waiting For An Alibi” goes in and out in determining roles for who should be at the front – guitars or bass. At the beginning we get the shredded bass tone that doesn’t let up throughout the song, but the guitars pick up the slack from then and the twin lead hits you head on by the solo. Lynott and some backing vocals sing and hush to make this reflective song a keeper. Downey on this and “With Love” smacks deep and pummels nicely with outstanding roles, showing enthusiasm that’s on par with the guitarists. His drum kit is plump and the hollow snare, while hollow, does get drowned to make itself sound thick.
“With Love” is longer than “Waiting For An Alibi” by just over a minute, and I’ll say that it needed the extra minute to develop. Like the previous track, it starts out with an interesting lead backed by Downey’s eager dance-drumming. The bass hops and dives grumpily, and Lynott is cool and refreshed as always when delivering his lines. The guitars slide together with the main melody, but it’s the acoustic rhythm that works well with the harmonic lead. Hearing the climax during the solo is one avid moment, but the outro when all the pieces come together is the most interesting part to this simple track.
These two easy songs both are on Black Rose and preceded the album when this single was first released. Like any good single, it gets you interested in the album it represents while leaving out the really good tracks like “Toughest Street In Town” and “Róisín Dubh”. Both of these tracks were written by Lynott, as was another, “Do Anything You Want To”, which had its own single following the release of Black Rose.