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They Give Me All I Need - 90%

SweetLeaf95, May 19th, 2018

It's gonna be wild, it's gonna be wild, it's gonna be wild

Here we are, the one that brought the band to their peak popularity, with the sanded down and polished finish that they were looking for since their arrival on American soil a few years prior. Blackout is essentially nothing but a mind blowing party album that avoids any sort of nonsensical garbage that makes music generic. Covering lyrics on parties, the life of touring, and odes to the fans, this record is a giant cluster of energetic heavy metal with such an excited vibe, even more so than the slightly more successful Love At First Sting that would come two years later. As great as the next one was, this record has ever so slightly better song construction and intensity, if you ask me. Really, if this was the last one they'd ever put out, their career would be more than fulfilling. Not that there isn't plenty of great material post-Blackout, but at this point they had hit every amazing trademark to consider them complete.

Immediately, the title track entangles you in a web of wired riffs and speed metal layout, flying along with some of the most powerful vocal outbursts they'd ever deliver. This would be a sign of what the listener is in for for the majority of this quick but satisfying ride. Other tracks like "Dynamite" or "Now!" keep the party going and show no desire to slow down or get tired. Complementing this are the upbeat but not quite as heavy classics like the big single "No One Like You", or the following "You Give Me All I Need". Both of them have some of the cleanest singing with really tight melodies and strong guitar solos. Matthias Jabs knows the large responsibility he has now as the lead guitarist of a worldwide, legendary band. "You Give Me All I Need" shows some of the best dual guitar work, mixing an acoustic intro to fade into a high and mellow transition, laying a screeching lick atop of it all. This track, among others also has a fair dose of instrumental buildup, using Klaus to drive it all home with the powerful choruses. Absolutely stellar, no doubt about it!

The quick, merry little number "Can't Live Without You" is another track that stands out, as it relies a little more on catchy capabilities than strong musicality, but it still rips hard and succeeds in not being distilled or too hollow. Picture this as an ode to the fans, and a returned favor for putting them where they were in 1982. Even some of the less significant tracks, such as "China White" hold the attention long enough to at least be worthwhile. One way or another, every effort put into this shows a strong resemblance to how the band was feeling at the time of release, and the way they cast that into the consumer is pretty amazing. The raw force of the drums help project this idea as well, and display the perfect balance of stability, yet have the occasional chaotic outburst.

Very seldom does this record lack much of anything. Chugging fury and a happy vibe with just the right complexity cooks this up as the perfect treat for any classic metal goer. Easily would be considered an essential in my book, and a listen by all fans of this kind is definitely in order.