Sound — 9
The band's raw guitar sound is here on this album, but is overshadowed by the over-produced BOOM-TAH of the drums that was typical of Status Quo in this era. The heavy reverb that eminates from the snare really overdoes it for me. The bass and guitars' driving rhythm and lead lines are a real treat for any musician taking the time to listen. The solo in Forty-Five-Hundred-Times is quite jaw-dropping, while Francis Rossi (lead) and John Rhino Edwards (bass) play the solo in unison, to high success. The drums, though over-produced, give a relentless rhythm that can't be argued with and provide some pretty nifty fills here and there.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics of a high majority of the songs on here are quite simplistic to say the least; don't expect to be blown away. If anything, the most of them are just quite fun. Warning Shot may be an exception, having quite a nice, deep meaning. Throughout the album, the band provide brilliant vocals. Rossi gives out his usual dose of country-styled vox, while Parfitt shows his own vocals off in One Man Band, providing harmony vocals along with Andy Bown everywhere else. The harmony vocals always seem to sound brilliant with Status Quo.
Overall Impression — 8
Personally, one of my favourite Status Quo albums. At 16 tracks, it's one of Quo's longest albums to date (along with Thirsty Work), which you could argue is good, but in some ways bad. A lot of the songs on here are real killer songs that can be loved from start finish (All We Really Wanna Do, Like A Zombie, The Price of Love, Warning Shot), but the album has its fair share of dead tracks too, with things like Fame Or Money, Nothing Comes Easy and Tommy being frankly dull compared to some of the others. It's hit and miss. It's in the middle ground between old-styled Quo and Pop Quo, so it'll be to a lot of people distaste.