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Bent Out Of Shape - a review


BENT OUT OF SHAPE – Rainbow (1983)

Personnel:
Joe Lynn Turner – vocals
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
Roger Glover – bass
David Rosenthal – keyboards
Chuck Burghi – drums


This was the last Rainbow album before the inevitable Deep Purple reunion in 1984. The Rainbow of 1983 has very little in common, if any at all, with the Rainbow originally created by Ritchie Blackmore on his departure from Purple in 1975. Gone are the long passages on beautiful instrumentation, the powerful drumming of Cozy Powell and the amazing voice of Ronnie James Dio. Instead, here we have Rainbow meets Spandau Ballet!

Whilst the albums that followed the Dio-era ones were not entirely bad offerings, in my opinion, they never ever managed to recapture the raw chemistry that was created Ritchie, Ronnie and indeed Cozy. Blackmore’s quest for commercial success seemed to over take his desire to be in the best rock band in the world. And that is what we have here, Blackmore taking Rainbow to it’s commercial peak, which I am sure many others could have lived without.

So what does this album have to offer? Well, in my opinion, not an awful lot. I know many on this forum quit like this album and rate it as the best JLT-era album, but I have to strongly disagree on that. This album to me sounds bland and uninspired. None of the songs really jump out of the speakers and grab you.

Some songs work better than others – Street Of Dreams, Can’t Let You Go and Drinking With The Devil are passable at best. Songs like Stranded and Fire Dance are just pure throwaways. The cover of the Snowman theme is interesting and likely one of the stronger songs on the album!

Would I recommend this album to anybody wanting to get into Rainbow? No, I certainly would not. Blackmore’s quest to attain a commercial Nibbana was a disaster and he should have definitely have stayed with Dio, considering he would later achieve. Bland, flat and uninteresting is how I would describe Bent Out Of Shape.


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To me it was a strong and coherent effort, well needed after the messy "Straight Between The Eyes".



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OK, but compared to Rainbow Rising or Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, it's well... er... shite!
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OK, but compared to Rainbow Rising or Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, it's well... er... shite!



Depends on how you look at it. Rainbow Rising and LLRNR are fine, fine albums but I think they tend to be a bit overrated these days (understandable, it's been close to three decades since they were recorded). I'd rather hear just about any track off Bent Out Of Shape than Run With The Wolves (now that's throwaway), Do You Close Your Eyes (same applies), Sensitive to Light (hard rock by numbers) or The Shed.

Bent Out Of Shape is for me not only the best JLT-era Rainbow album but also one of their best ever. Yes, the band is a bunch of US musos plus Blackmore but there's still a certain focus to the whole thing. By the time this lineup recorded their third album they had streamlined their melodic rock/AOR sound to perfection (and without using crap tracks from outside writers such as Since You Been Gone and Magic). JLT is at the top of his game (Can't Let You Go!) while Blackmore disses out some amazing fluid solos on tracks like Desperate Heart, Anybody There or Fire Dance (one of the best Rainbow tracks ever, the fact that a simple bridge riff off it was used to create one of the best Purple reunion songs says a lot of things!). Can't Let You Go and Street Of Dreams are the epitomy of good, commercial hard rock, try as you might you'll never get their choruses out of your head after hearing them once and that shows quality writing! The only track on the album I'm not fond of is Make A Move which is a bit iffy, I always thought they should have closed with the superb Snowman and leave it at that. Oh well!
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OK, but compared to Rainbow Rising or Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, it's well... er... shite!



It's best not to compare it to that, because in reality, that is a completely different band.

As a commercial soft rock album, BOOS delivers on all accounts. Catchy, melodic, great guitar work, good vocals.

If we put this album in the context in which it belongs (early 80s soft rock, as opposed to mid 70s British heavy rock), then it stands up really well alongside its peers such as Foreigner and Journey etc!

It's my favourite album with JLT on it, and it is a good album if you take it for what it is.

But if you're wanting a Dio-type band, then of course you will be disappointed with anything else.

I think Christos' analysis of the album is spot on!

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I think Christos' analysis of the album is spot on!



Me too, but he's way wrong on "The Shed". That is a masterful hard rock number!!

BOOS is definitely one of JLT's strongest vocal performances.



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quote:

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I think Christos' analysis of the album is spot on!



Me too, but he's way wrong on "The Shed". That is a masterful hard rock number!!

BOOS is definitely one of JLT's strongest vocal performances.




Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Christos' first paragraph is absolute nonsense. It's the second one that is spot on! emoticon

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This was the first Rainbow album I ever heard, which was shortly after its release. It's still one of my favorites. In fact, at the time I liked the JLT Rainbow better than the Dio era! LOL. Now, it's the other way around for me, though I have a soft spot for all their albums aside from Stranger in Us All.

Anyway, BOOS. I think aside from the occasional cheese factor like Desperate Heart, this is a great artifact from 1983 and holds up better than most music from that era.

Has anyone ever read any of the Martin Popoff metal books? He sums up the album perfectly for me and gives it a 9 out of a 10.
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Rahul wrote:

quote:

Big J wrote:

quote:

Rahul wrote:

I think Christos' analysis of the album is spot on!



Me too, but he's way wrong on "The Shed". That is a masterful hard rock number!!

BOOS is definitely one of JLT's strongest vocal performances.




Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Christos' first paragraph is absolute nonsense. It's the second one that is spot on! emoticon



Alright maybe The Shed's not that bad emoticon, but c'mon you guys know what I mean, for every classic number like Gates Of Babylon there's a Sensitive To Light on the early Rainbow albums... They're definitely classics all three of them but I get slightly irked when people put down fine albums like BOOS just because they don't happen to sound like Rising.
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