Magnum's "Into the valley of the moonking" is an awesome album. Of course, Magnum is a classic rock band and if you expect them to reinvent the wheel, this album won't live up to your expectations.
That being said, if you're looking for Tony clarkin's amazing melodies, Bob Catley's haunting voice, well you won't be disapointed.
After a cool keyboard intro, "Cry to yourself" is a mid tempo song that has a Beatles taste.
"All my bridges are broken" comes next and has a clear 80's vibe. "Take me to the edge" is a hard driving rock number with a guitar riff that will make you bounce your head back and forth!
Then "The moonking" comes next charged with a powerful bluesy guitar and the whole ambiance of the song comes to a musical climax at the chorus. I have to say that the keyboard line that makes the transition between the bridge and the chorus is just awesome! Clever and gives a powerful feeling to the song!
"No one knows his name" mixes rock with a celtic feel in the chorus. Very good!
"In my mind's eye" Great song with very deep lyrics.
"Time to cross that river" My least favourite song from the album. Not a bad song but just doesn't mesure up to the rest.
"If i ever lose my mind" Al Barrow's rich and powerful bass sound really blend in well to the overdrive guitar and makes a heavy rockin' chorus.
"A face in the crowd" Magnum were allways known to write some poignant ballads. Well, this one is one of their very best. The accoustic guitar of Clarkin, the beautiful piano lines and keyboard by Mark Stanway gets you right in the heart. Then Bob Catley's voice take the whole song to a stellar level!
"Feels like treason" is another hard rock number and this time, Clarkin totally is the star of the song. Rock Riffs, melodical riffs i mean this song is loaded with Clarkin's genius!
Then we say goodbye to the moonking with "Blood on your barbed wired thorns" A cool,straight forward rock song with a Beatles "Yeah,yeah,yeah" kind of chorus. Again, Al Barrow's bass really drives the rythmic of the song. A Lynyrd Skynyrd piano hybrid from Stanway gives a "smiley feel" to the song.
These comments are only my personnal impressions. Nonetheless, if you're a Magnum fan, this album is a must have.
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