Phenomenon review by UFO

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  • Released: Apr 30, 1974
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (9 votes)
UFO: Phenomenon

Sound — 9
UFO blends bluesy ballads with soulful solos and heavy riffs covered with the raunchy vocals of Phil Mogg. With the newly appointed Michael Schenker playing both lead and rhythm and all but two tracks, (which have him only on lead), the album is mostly guitar oriented, which will please you hard rock fans at UG who are tired of overplayed Bon Jovi songs dominating the genre. It is not hard to point out that the best two songs on the album are "Rock Bottom" and "Doctor Doctor". The rest of the album contains catchy but overplayed arpeggios. The bass on the album is sub-par, but not necessary for the sound UFO was going for. Drums are simple but do their part when the bridges and tempo changes comes. The album consists of mostly guitar powered hard rock with guitars in the style of Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash whose guitarists complement each other.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics lack substance and lines commonly include long phrases that make the words seem bunched up. Shadow EARTH is closin' in above the lamps in your street Lucifer goes walkin' down FOR YOU to meet The lyrics include tales of depression, lust, and of course sexual and demonic encounters. With little to say, if you are looking for an album with lyrical creativity, this isn't a good example. But rarely do bands include both good instrumental prowess and lyrical creativity.

Overall Impression — 9
UFO has gained little popularity over the years they've been in existence. Michaels Schenker's opposing band, The Scorpions gained much more popularity, but has lost touch over the years and became hair metal crap, but started out just as good. Consider this album an essential for any hard rock fan who appreciates sexy guitar solos and catchy riffs. Regardless of the poor reception this album has received, it must be good. Iron Maiden opens concerts with Doctor Doctor all the time, but you never hear those heavy metal legends play Wind of Change.

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    I got the bonus edition, so if you got the bonus tracks "Give her the gun" and "Sweet Little Thing", which has the guy who played in Babe Ruth, i forgot his name, but i'm sure you can find it on the internet.
    Nice review. I am a huge UFO Schenker fan. What 2 songs di MS only play Lead on and who played rythem?Very Curious.
    Thanks, Ill look for them as I have the regular realease. Thanks for the response.