Who, upon looking at the cover, automatically thinks of the Western classic “The Magnificent Seventh” is not that far off, because British THUNDER have reached their seventh album by now. After four very good albums the band disappeared and after their comeback released two more albums, which I never made the acquaintance of, plus the solo project of the two mainmen Danny Bowes and Luke Morley, now “The Magnificent Seventh“ has reached my ears as well.
And what they hear reminds me a lot of my personal favourite of the band, “Laughing On Judgement Day“. Even though all of their albums are very strong, they still could not truly follow up this classic. The opener “I Love You More Than Rock’n’Roll“ is a super catchy, earthy rocker in the typical THUNDER sound, towards the end once more with the brass that already had added to the earlier albums. No wonder that they scored their 17th top 40 hit with it. All trademarks are there, Danny Bowes’ expressive, souly/bluesy voice, Luke Morley’s strong guitar work and the more than just solid rhythm section, very good start.
And this march direction (including the parallels to “Laughing On Judgement Day“) is continued by “The Gods Of Love“ and the strong “Monkey See, Monkey Do“, before they gear down a bit with “I’m Dreaming Again“, which continues their tradition of great, emotive, but unkitschy ballads, Danny’s voice perfectly fits with these emotional songs, but also when THUNDER rev it up, as on “The Pride”, it works pretty damn well. Further highlights are the super catchy, driving “Fade Into The Sun” and the straight, swinging “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down“ that reminds me a bit of STATUS QUO.
I dare to say that the guys have produced the second best album of their career in “The Magnificent Seventh“, they can’t fully reach “Laughing On Judgement Day“, but THUNDER show that they still have what it takes and just like with the other albums this one will only get better with time! (Online November 3, 2005)