Never Too Late review by Status Quo

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  • Released: Mar 28, 1981
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9.3 (3 votes)
Status Quo: Never Too Late

Sound — 7
As the cover for the album suggests, this album feels like a direct sequel to the recent years' Just Supposin'. The sound is very similar. Tracks like Never Too Late (the title track), Take Me Away and Long Ago all have that kind of ring. On top of this, everything's fairly basic; 4/4 time everywhere, the odd shuffle here and there. But this is a rock album, what do you want?! The only real oddity is a part in Long Ago where the song goes into 3/4. The keyboard's rise to fame (or infamy) is clear on this album. It overtakes the rest of the band quite easily on tracks like Don't Stop Me Now and Mountain Lady. Saying this, it's taken quite a bit back-seat on things like Enough Is Enough, Riverside and Carol (although piano is still there, its volume is minimal when compared to the rest of the band). Rock is the main ingredient for this outing. I just find it a shame that it's not very varied at all. Where previous albums had Don't Drive My Car, Living On An Island, For You... There is no shockingly different song on this album at all. It's all pretty much "more of the same", track after track. That's the real let-down for me.

Lyrics — 8
Again, the vocals on this album keep in with that of Just Supposin'. The harmony style on the title track, Long Ago, and even in Riverside to an extent, sound very similar to that produced on the track Lies (from the Just Supposin'). Pretty much all of the lead vocals on this album are handled by Francis (Rossi), backed by Parfitt, then Lancaster and Bown. The lyrics themselves are of your basic rock format; no real/clear emotion behind them, but have the drive to be the fuel or an essential rock album. I mean, Long Ago starts with "So let's begin at the beginning, lets make it nice, so very nice" - nothing ground breaking. Don't get me wrong though, it's all carefully written! And they suit everything perfectly.

Overall Impression — 7
I do like this album. It's not Quo's best album at all; not by a long way. But it's still worth listening to. If you're looking to get into Quo for the first time, don't buy this. Buy Piledriver or Hello!, or Blue For You; Really get to grips with what they're capable of, because this album doesn't quite capture that at all. If you're an established fan, you'll enjoy this, but still be disappointed when comparing it to the might of what was on Whatever You Want and Rockin' All Over The World.

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