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The Calm Couple - 65%

OzzyApu, December 27th, 2010

Both of these tracks appear on Fighting somewhere, so unless you were in a coma while they were playing, then it’s pretty much impossible not to realize they are there. Both of these are hard rock tracks showcasing the twin lead style the band was pushing forward at the time, although they aren’t the forefront of the songs. These tracks are respectable in length for what they accomplish, and there isn’t any insane lead work like on “Suicide” (from Fighting as well). These two mid-paced tunes aren’t slackers, but they sort of fold in with the same run of songs Lynott was pumping out at the time.

“Wild One” is hardly a wild track, as it includes a sad folk lead emulated by both guitars with Lynott’s thick wails and Downey keeping a consistent rhythm the whole time. There isn’t a lot of variation, and for this it’s ok since this song doesn’t exist to impress. It’s an intermediary track with a memorable tune and a nice spiraling twin solo that’ll probably put a smile on your face since you won’t often get to hear something like it. Other than that, it sounds the same from the first few second until the very end, with the warm tone and clear production benefiting the comforting atmosphere.

The second track, based on the title, some might assume to be louder and more upbeat, but it’s more humble sounding than the first one. It’s a slightly faster tune with Lynott and company more upfront vocally, but the melody is lighter and watery, with the bass and guitars zoning in on the bouncy beat. Downey’s doing the exact same thing as the last song, so no rolls or impressive fills; as if any of that would help, though. Thankfully his kit isn’t thin or hollow, or else it’d be a nightmare trying to get through these songs. The track doesn’t pick up until the twin leads kick it within the last minute of the song, so until then it’s a quiet ride.

I wouldn’t call these tracks fillers, but they aren’t going to turn heads or make you think any different about the Fighting. The album is a good one, and these two are a couple more to know and expect the next time you find yourself listening to the album. I can see something like “Suicide” being controversial to put out as a single, even though it’s a better track. Even “Fighting My Way Back” could have been the single, but these tracks are decent and if you remotely have a soft spot for them, then you can essentially listen to any Lizzy album from this era.