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Turn of the Screw

Dirty Looks Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00004SE96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And they do it again November 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you've read my review for COOL FROM THE WIRE, you'll know that I consider this album even better than that, their debut album, which was itself quite great. But this one really catches the band at their peak. And like the first album, no over-processing or cheesy synths are to be heard cluttering up the album.

It appears that Atlantic decided to spend some money for an album cover this time around, although it still is a bit bizarre. Back when it was released on LP, you could turn the LP over and it had the words "WHO'S SCREWING YOU" across the top of it. But getting people to just pick it up was the challenge and apparently, not many did. But if only they did...

They'd have been treated to some of the most pure and straight-forward hard rock of the day, which was becoming more and more rare in the era of "image is everything." The attitude continues to exude right where it left off on "WIRE" in the opening song which has anthemic gang vocals stating/asking "Turn of the screw / Tell me who is screwing you?" Each consecutive song continues the tradition of getting the most out of three or four chords by combining it with catchy yet sometimes unintelligible or non-sensical lyrics. HOT FLASH JELLY ROLL is a perfect example of this where you want to sing along even though you've no idea what it means, much like the wordplay in some of the debut album's songs. The song C'MON FRENCHIE has an almost punk feel to it, although would never be mistaken for taking itself too seriously. This band is all about good times. After the not-so-stellar ALWAYS A LOSER (the only real blemish on this gem of an album), the AC/DC influence returns with a vengeance in the song L.A. ANNA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No, no, THIS is the one to get March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Don't believe Cool From the Wire is better than this one. The production on this album is so much crisper and cleaner than on Cool From the Wire (henceforth refered to as CFTW) and the songs are much stronger!! The band rocks much harder here than on CFTW, the guitar solos in particular ripping on this release compared to the previous. Dirty Looks kinda got slagged for their AC/DC aspirations, and yeah the singer sounds like a cross between Bon Scott and Marc Storace (of Krokus), but the band had something original in it's songwriting and instrumentation. Turn of the Screw is a predictable song (the blatent attempt at airplay, of course) but after that the songs start rocking furiously!! Nobody Rides For Free, C'mon Frenchie (with it's nod to Frank Zappa in the lyrics) Take What You Get and Hot Flash Jelly Roll are great songs to listen to flying down the highway at 100 miles an hour on a beautiful sunny day. If you are a fan of great guitar solos none of these will disappoint and the riffs are phoenominal!!! The rest of the songs don't disappoint either, but it's hard to beat those first few. At the time this was released few hair bands dared to rock this hard. They obviously rocked too hard for Atlantic records, who dropped them after this album. If you like this check out their further releases like One Bad Leg, and the 2 Rumbledog releases (basically Dirty Looks plus a few guest stars from bands like Ratt).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album May 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with the previous review. This is a great album. This was the first Dirty Looks I bought and liked them so much I have all of there albums now. If a band can make someone love them with one album, it must have something great about it. I find this one very much like "Cool from the Wire" with a little more AC/DC influences, so if you like AC/DC you won't be disappointed. It has good production so I don't know why he couldn't understand the singer, deaf maybe, lol. I also never saw it in any bargain bin. Buy it if you can !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TURN OF THE SCREW !! April 5, 2011
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This is Dirty Looks follow up album to Cool From The Wire and was more successfull on the charts than its predecessor. Let me first try to set some things straight about Dirty Looks. Henrik Ostergaard was a lyrical master, noone before nor sense has written songs the way Henrik did and put them together in music making his point and often being humourous in doing it. Not only that but he also played a scorching guitar.

True Henriks vocals were very similar to Bonn Scott and the band itself could sound alot like ACDC when they wanted, but that wasnt what they were about. Dirty Looks was about doing their own thing, and that was simply playing rock n roll. They didnt care about looking or sounding pretty. I concede that Henrik can be hard to understand at times just because he often sung so fast, but that again was part of his art. Once you start listening to DL you get use to it and easily pick up his words and once you do thats when you really begin to appreciate Henrik for what he did.

Dirty Looks is one of my favorite bands from the 80s and I continued to be a fan right on up to his last album in 2011. The reason is that they were unlike anyone else of the period. They certainly werent glam nor big hair, just simply a band that wanted to rock and rock they did. And they never sold out !!

Back to Turn Of The Screw, theres a reason why this album is hard to get a hold off. Anyone who has it isnt about to part ways with it unless they are going to get big bucks for it. You wont find it in a cheap bin and you wont find it in most used record/ cd retro stores. Its one of those that will take you awhile to obtain for your collection depending upon what you are willing to pay out for it.
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