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Audio CD: 17 May 2010 / Label: Grapefruit

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      11.03.2013 12:40
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      Worth a listen before buying.

      The array of bands I'd never heard of brought to me over the year by subscriptions to Youtube channels never ceases to amaze me. Many of my finds have become strong regulars in my car and on my home stereo, in the case of Gun though, it's just a few tracks that make the grade.

      Gun are a hard rock trio from the UK and I was initially attracted to them by the simplicity of their name and the gaudiness of their album cover. Gun's self-titled album was their first release in the late 60s, they would go on to release another less successful album and break up after this. The first track on the album is "Race with the Devil" which made the Top 10 in the UK, their most successful track.

      Rupert's Travel is an awesome little magical jam, whilst Yellow Cab Man has funk elements to it but the lyrics seem a little bit forced at times, however there's an awesome guitar solo to accompany it. The lyrics seem extremely hippyish today with lots of phrases like things being a drag or groovy.

      It Won't Be Long is very prog-rockish with a nice bass line, the lyrics don't enhance the song much nor do the vocals which border on hysterical. It also features an odd section of huffing and puffing, I"m not sure what it's supposed to represent. Despite its faults, the bass line is enough to keep me entertained.

      Next up is 'Sunshine' at first it sounds like another dreamy number but despite its simplicity it's actually quite ahead of its time and could easily fit on a later Oasis album! With that cheerful albeit hardly ground-breaking ditty over, there's a definite change of aura as we're dealt a dark number 'Rat Race', a moody number that oozes drama and reminds me of the Hungarian prog-rock band Omega. Not necessarily my thing but a nice guitar-filled ballad. This track tires towards the end and the grand finale in the form of 'Take Off' is very much welcomed.

      Following an introduction of numbers in several languages, the listener is greeted with a cacophony of fuzzy guitar riffs, heavy drumming and some alien-like vocals, it's a good song and a throwback to the first four tracks which were actually very good. All in all, not a bad album and I'm tempted to give it 4 stars but the middle section is just too wishy washy to cut the mustard.

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