Some people may remember how Deep Purple wound up with a crappy vocalist and changed from kicking ass to making Hard Rock nonsense. Well, Atomic Rooster did it first!
New singer Pete French was a standard soul-based Hard Rock vocalist with a distinct accent, a bit like Steve Marriott. He could be a successful screamer, but the band rarely rocked hard enough for him to make the effort - everything is slowed down here, less intense, and Cann's guitar solos have all but disappeared.
is dominated by a soul-ish / vaguely funky sound, and although the band offer a handful of interesting ideas, hardly anything on the album is worth recommending. The proggish instrumental "A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Down" has a nice central riff, and "Head in the Sky" is a half-hearted Cann track.
Other than that ... well, somehow the bonus track - Cann's "Devil's Answer" - became a Top 5 hit in the UK, but its odd mix of horns and French's obnoxious sing!
before the chorus make it only slightly less empty than the rest of the album.
The band's dark lyrics are still present, delivered via the music's glacial pace, as on "The Price" and "Black Snake" - it's boring Hard Rock, so it's little wonder that Cann and Hammond left to form a new band after this album.
The album also boasts uncharacteristic Roger Dean cover art, on the rear portraying an elderly women fleeing in horror from the band, who are secreted inside an ear trumpet inside the gatefold.Rated:
by Reviewer: Obscurity
(blogging at Obscurity!
)14th November 2017