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Thunder: Robert Johnson's Tombstone

Guitarist Luke Morley, when discussing the latest CD from his British hard rock band Thunder, says "there's nobody else doing what we do right now." And he's right especially since Paul Rodgers is off making music with Queen instead of releasing new Bad Company material. Robert Johnson's Tombstone, Thunder's eighth album, features one of the year's worst covers in any genre but boasts one of the band's strongest sets of songs since the 1991 classic debut Backstreet Symphony. The white-boy blooze of the title-track opener and "A Million Faces" (the first of three ballads) showcases the accessible sound that has kept Thunder rumbling for 15 years. Other tunes follow the same template, but they're all executed with a finesse and professionalism you just don't hear much anymore. Particularly noteworthy is "Dirty Dream," a sexual-fantasy song that could have been beyond embarrassing for guys who no doubt are at least pushing 40. Instead, Thunder explores temptation from the perspective of a middle-age man struggling between doing right and committing wrong. That said, nothing Thunder has done rivals the single "Love Walked In" and other songs from Backstreet Symphony, but Robert Johnson's Tombstone proves that the band hasn't stopped trying.

Track Listing:
1) Robert Johnson's Tombstone
2) Dirty Dream
3) A Million Faces
4) Don't Wanna Talk About Love
5) The Devil Made Me Do It
6) Last Man Standing
7) My Darkest Hour
8) Andy Warhol Said
9) What A Beautiful Day
10) It's All About You
11) Stubborn Kinda Love

Added: November 26th 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Frontiers Records
Hits: 2330
Language: english

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