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Smoke & Mirrors

Lynch MobAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • ASIN: B002HNAAZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lynch Mob is finally back in 2009 with Smoke and Mirrors, the record that all fans have been expecting since the release of their breakthrough album Wicked Sensation in 1990! After seventeen long years, vocalist Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock tunes. Critics and fans alike praised their debut album for Logan's hook-laden vocals and Lynch's virtuoso guitar playing. Shortly after touring in support of Wicked Sensation, Logan and the band parted ways. Now reunited, Lynch Mob can do no wrong.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lynch Mob Finally Returns! October 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's been 20 long years since we last saw or heard of the "real" Lynch Mob. A lot has gone on with George Lynch ever since the highly under-rated 1990 Debut Album: "Wicked Sensation" was released. That album featured the unique vocals of "Oni Logan", George Lynch playing at his prime, Anthony Esposito running the bass at his best, and "Wild" Mick Brown of Dokken with the Mob, just kicking it and making a rocking record. After that album was released, due to alchohol problems, Oni was kicked out of the band soon after the "Wicked Sensation" Tour and George moved on with "Robert Mason" who although was very good, didn't really have the chemestry that Oni and George had on that first album.

After a Dokken reunion, and a load of solo albums and albums titled with the "Lynch Mob" name that didn't really give it justice, George Lynch has finally given the fans what they've wanted for so long, yes, he's back with Oni Logan at the lead and man, just listening to all these tracks shows that the chemistry is clearly back and rocking as hard as ever.

I'm not going to bother reviewing every track, as "All" and I mean "All" the tracks on this album are either very amazing or "Exceptional". But, I will give you the highlights that will just hit you in the face from the moment you hear it.

21st Century Man: Wow, you know that feeling you get when you're at a concert and the band is finally going to come out, and next thing you know they come out and the hairs on the back of your neck stick up? you'll get that feeling immediately after you pop this disc in. The Track Rocks from Top to Bottom and Lynch is almost trying to tell you that he's going to rock you're ear drums.

Smoke and Mirrors: This bluesy title track is just amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' album February 24, 2010
By wizey
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having never heard anything of George Lynch since his departure from Dokken in the late 80's other than when he came back for the brief Dokken reunion in the 90's, I didn't know what to expect with this one. I was a big fan of Dokken in the 80's, but after their first three albums I don't think they ever reached the same level again. I always put it down to Don Dokkens deteriorating voice and an the impact of grunge music on metal, but obviously I missed the greater point - George Lynch. Don't be fooled into thinking Dokken comparisons though because this album is a different kettle of fish altogether. Rather than big catchy hooks, mesmerizing guitar solos and high range singing, "Smoke And Mirrors" is more an album of rocking tunes that are big on riffs, groove and bluesy swagger.

The album packs the best 1-2 punch of the year in my opinion with the great opening rocker "21st Century Man" followed by the ultra-cool bluesy title track "Smoke And Mirrors". These songs are both so good that I can't decide which one I like best. I'm not convinced that as far as album sequencing goes "Lucky Man" should come next. A slower paced rocker with weaker lyrics, I think it's probably one of the weakest songs on the album, yet it has grown on me with more listening. Luckily the following rocker "My Kind Of Healer" has more balls and is a welcome return to that bluesy swagger, but I can't help thinking it would have been a better choice for track 3 to give the album that triple punch opening that could have blown people away.

"Time Keepers" is more metal with intensity mixed with a great groove which results in a cool vibe. "Revolution Heroes" brings back the swagger again, and while it isn't as good as the bluesy songs previously mentioned, it's still a good song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A band in desperate need of a producer August 15, 2011
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I am a huge George Lynch fan. I love his guitar playing. That said, this album, and I am reviewing this as an album, not a collection of individual tracks, is pretty darn weak. The effort really needed a producer with taste. The album is about 3 tracks too long and lacks a couple of ballads to break up the monotony. There are some great songs here. Smoke & Mirrors Let the Music be your Master, Madly Backwards, and Before I Close My Eyes are my favorites, but too many songs have the same tempo and tonal coloration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT PICK !!!! May 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
IF YOUR LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SIMILAR TO " WICKED SENSATION " YOUR NOT GOING
TO GET IT. HOWEVER IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD ROCK N ROLL THAT MAKES FOR
EAR CANDY THEN YOU GOT IT. THIS ALBUM IS GREAT. THESE GUYS PUT A LOT OF
CREATETIVITY AND TALENT INTO THIS ONE. YOU CANT GO WRONG WETHER YOU ARE A
LYNCH MOB FAN OR JUST A FAN OF GREAT MUSIC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great song writing! Best release yet! February 15, 2011
By Roger
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I love this album! Great song writing, very mature sound, good arrangement. George seems to let the entire band grab the spotlight on this one verses focusing on distinctive riffs and song intros. It's not to say he doesn't stand-out; it's just that the band seems more as "one" versus all the focus on George. The vocals are warm and smooth; not something Don Dokken can do these days. Personally, I prefer Lynch Mob over Dokken's music (without George) any day.

I had the pleasure of seeing them in a local bar in Houston last week (you can see the videos on youtube; search on "z06forme" and you'll find them). I was 5' away from George the entire show and it was awesome.

Update: Well it has been three weeks since I bought this from Amazon and I can NOT stop listening to it...it is really that good! I love everything about it...the song writing is exceptional! "Where do you sleep at night" and "Mansions in the sky" are my two favorites (but I love all the songs on this album)...great lyrics, great chord progressions, and the solos are killers. It's not Wicked Sensation...it's toned down a bit and in my opinion just more "mature".

If you like good rock -n- roll, this album is for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good.
One for Lynch Mob fans. Love George's playing and songwriting. Couldn't be better voice fitting into that music, than Oni's.
Beautiful soulful melodies.
Published 8 months ago by Harri Sarajarvi
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as smooth as their other efforts
The talent is all over this project, but the songs seem more forced. Nothing stayed with me after the first listen. Might come back to it later.
Published 15 months ago by Mustang Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best work to date....
Absolutely LOVE this CD. I have been an epic fan since forever, and George Lynch is my favorite guitar player of all time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cynthia Lucas Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Oni Logan rocks as usual!
Love Oni Logan's voice. This is a great album make no mistake. The person giving this one star must have been hoping to hear some Celine Dion and got disappointed with real rock... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by J. Sipiceanu
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST ONE YET
George Lynch proves the best way to fight music pirates is to produce a craptastic album. Seriously, I think this is possibly the worst collection of crappy songs ever released on... Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
I've been listening to Mr. Lynch and his signature sound since the 80's when I was an aspiring metal head. Every album that has his fingerprint on it, I buy and check out. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Sweat
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynch Mob "Smoke & Mirrors"
I'm not sure how long it's been since Lynch Mob released something I really enjoyed. I loved "Wicked Sensation", and the follow-up wasn't all that bad either, but the years... Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by Masked Jackal
4.0 out of 5 stars killer
This c.d kills,everything you would expect from George,everyone who i have loaned this to just raves,blues,hard rock, it just kicks ass, as a long time Lynch fan buy this now.
Published on September 11, 2010 by Dusty Kellogg
5.0 out of 5 stars IM SURPRISED THIS CD IS GREAT!!!!
IT SOUNDS WITH THE TIMES THESE GUYS ARE A KILLER BAND I ENJOY THIS CD AND LISTEN TO IT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK GOOD JOB ON THIS ONE LYNCH MOB!!!
Published on July 11, 2010 by 77chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars George and the Lynch Mob at their Best
I am a long time Dokken/George Lynch fan. This CD Smoke and Mirrors is by far the best thing George Lynch has done since Dokken. My one and only Complaint with Mr. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Michael A. Greenberg
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Thank you, looking forward to it. Souls Of We is also very good and George's playing is outstanding on that disc. Takes a little getting used to but grows on you a lot.
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