Most of you, if at all familiar with the name UFO (and shame on you if you don’t), will know of at least the song “Doctor, Doctor” and the almost mythological live album „Strangers In The Night’’ and that Michael Schenker was the sometime extravagant guitar player in a UK Hard Rock band that have been around for many, many years. Well this album does not contain „Doctor, Doctor’’ nor is mad Michael S anywhere around (most probably in huff in his dressing room) but the ever green Phil Mogg and Pete Way have managed to rope in not only Jason Bonham (yes the son of the legendary Zep skin basher John) but axe maestro Vinnie Moore. A more than capable guitarist who has had numerous solo albums out over the years.
It’s a real shame this album. Not because it’s not up to scratch but because UFO had their time in the 70’s and this one must purely be for the already established fans and that’s a pity because there is certainly plenty of Rockin’ life in the old dog yet.
Trading a fairly safe Hard Rock path with peppered with blistering Metal based solos by Moore the UFO sound of the 21st century is throw back to former glory days and a nod to present day Rock Gods like THE DARKNESS with occasional forays into AC/DC boogie land and WHITESNAKE sounding Bluesy Rock.
So „Daylight Goes To Town’’ is classy UFO driven Hard Rock as is „Black Cold Coffee’’ whilst fans of THE DARKNESS will appreciate the glam shuffle of „Give It Up’’ complete with rousing chorus. Vocal wise Mogg reminds of WHITESNAKE’S David Coverdale a deep booming voice that has carried UFO through good and bad times. The arrival of Moore on guitar has added a more Metal edge to the sound although in no way could this be considered Metal, tracks such as the ballsy ‘Mr Freeze’’ just Rock! The rhythm section of Bonham and Way really create a solid and formidable defence for Moore to rally to.
As stalwarts of the UK Rock scene for three decades any self respecting Rock fan should check this out. (Online February 29, 2004)