Artist: Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield returns after a 5 year break with his latest album
‘Venus In Overdrive‘, which is full of top drawer pop/rock songs
that will have his fans drooling over.
the moody ‘Shock/Denial/Anger’, it was going to be interesting to
see exactly where things were going here, but he hasn’t let anyone, as
well as himself down, though I must admit his record company are playing
it safe with the first single ‘What’s Victoria’s Secret?‘, or
should that be ‘Jessie’s Girl‘
part 2, as it’s almost a carbon copy of his most well known
hit, the soft strummed guitar intro and foot tapping drumbeat, before
the album then settles into a range of songs that have different styles
and influences about them.
track ‘Venus In Overdrive‘ is built around a reggae/rock vibe,
accompanied by a gutsy guitar riff on the chorus, with Springfield
sounding almost angry whilst singing, making the song feel quite
personal for him.
are inklings of an English influence on ‘One Passenger’ and
‘Oblivious‘ respectively, the first full of driving guitars and
staggered drumming surrounded by echoed harmonies, where the second is a
classy atmospheric ballad that explodes into life at each chorus, so
maybes he’s been listening to Coldplay in the past, though he’s done
it better and no doubt without the attitude of head up his own
it’s the rockier songs where he sounds more at home with, and you
won’t get any better than ‘3 Warning Shots’, a gem of a song that
has everything you want, all hard driving, raunchy guitars and drums
alike, and it wouldn’t be surprising if one of the top bands pick up
on it and do a cover version, it’s that good.
get turned on it’s head when ’God Blinked (Swing it Sister)’ and
its big band sound shoots itself out the speakers! You can tell he’s
really enjoying himself here amongst what can only be described as a
musical commotion of the finest order, wiping away any memories of the
severe depression he apparently suffered in the mid 80’s, and it takes
a few seconds to realise you’re listening to the same album you put on
in the first place!
the fairground sounding intro, ‘She’ has a psychedelic groove,
touches of megaphone vocals splashed around here and thus keeping the
song interesting, as he does on ‘Nothing
Is Ever Lost’, a jingly-jangly guitar based slow burner of only 1
minute 40 that doesn’t really do anything but fill a gap near the end
of the album.
It’s hard to believe that it took only 32 days to record the album which is no mean feat these days, and puts to shame those bands etc… who take months and even years in some cases (ahem), so it’s hats off to Mr. Springfield for that as well as giving us a top quality album that should get the thumbs up all round, and hopefully has the success it deserves.
Review by: Bob
1. What's Victoria's Secret?
2. I'll Miss That Someday
3. Venus In Overdrive
4. One Passenger
6. 3 Warning Shots
7. Time Stand Still
8. God Blinked (Swing It Sister)
9. Mr. PC
11. Nothing Is Ever Lost
12. Saint Sahara
13. Who Killed Rock N' Roll
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