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Smoke & Mirrors

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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.

1. 21st Century Man
2. Smoke And Mirrors
3. Lucky Man
4. My Kind Of Healer
5. Time Keepers
6. Revolution Hero
7. Let The Music Be Your Master
8. The Phacist
9. Where Do You Sleep At Night
10. Madly Backwards
11. We Will Remain
12. Before I Close My Eyes
13. Mansions In The Sky [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Annette M. Cordova on 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 By wizey on February 24, 2010
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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 By Gregory Olsen VINE VOICE on 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 By Masked Jackal on November 3, 2010
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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 following those two early releases, things turned extremely sour for Lynch, and the Mob in my opinion. That stated, I was very uncertain of what to expect from "Smoke & Mirrors", it had been so long since I'd heard anything from the Mob, and the last chance I gave them "Smoke This", was an utter disappointment. However, I'm a G. Lynch freak, so I figured why not give this new one a shot as well?...

First off, "Smoke & Mirrors" isn't "Wicked Sensation", but that's really no big deal. "Wicked" was a true masterpiece, and those kinds of releases only come around every so often. It is however an excellent return to that same "Wicked" vibe, and it has a very similar classic heavy / hard rock Mob feel to it. I think it's much better than anything they've released since the early days of "Wicked", and there's no denying that "Smoke & Mirrors" will fit very nicely into any Dokken / Lynch Mob fan's collection. I was going to give this only 4 Stars, but there's really not a bad song here, and it's certainly got that classic Lynch Mob vibe which I love, so I have to give them 5. "Smoke & Mirrors" is a great return from the Mob...

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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.
Sep 21, 2009 by George W. Robbins |  See all 5 posts
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