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Stranger In Us All - Rainbow

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Hard Rock / Artist: Rainbow / Audio CD released 1998-05-11 at Arista

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      24.09.2010 00:06
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      the last Rainbow album?

      Stranger In Us All, Rainbow, 1995


      Rainbow became Ritchie Blackmore's first solo project after leaving the increasingly funky Deep Purple. Beginning as an extension of 'Elf' with Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow evolved slowly from a dungeons and dragons rock outfit into a gleaming hard rock MTV fave.

      After doing his best to rid the band of the sword and sorcery business, Dio quit leaving Blackmore again trying to find a new singer. He found Graham Bonnett and scored massive success with 'All Night Long' and 'Since You've Been Gone, the latter ending up on nearly every single rock 'anthem' collection forever afterwards. Bonnett left only to be replaced with Joe Lynn Turner (who subsequently became Deep Purple's new singer). What a complicated web these guys spun!

      After rejoining Deep Purple, Blackmore soon got annoyed and quit to give Rainbow another go. The result was 1995's Stranger In Us All which is the last (to date) Rainbow album to be recorded.


      When I first saw the album I thought the cover showed a scarecrow in the middle of field, however on closer inspection it is, in fact Ritchie Blackmore himself. Blackmore is a pretty strange guy who seems of late to have reverted into some sort of medieval troubadour making music with his wife Candice Night. This album remains the last piece of proper 'rock' music that Blackmore has produced in the past fifteen years.

      The songs themselves are good, but unfortunately there are none that really grab you by the ghoulies and scream 'classic'. Theres no 'Long Live Rock and Roll' or any 'Since You've Been Gone' which is what you are looking for. Bizarrely it is the Edvard Grieg classical masterpiece 'Hall of the Mountain King' which gets the metal revamp that comes off best.

      The sleazy 'Hunting Humans' is a decent piece of heavy cock-rock, very reminiscent of Queen's 'Get Down Make Love'. The best riff is certainly 'Cold Hearted Woman' which blasts through the album with a heavy chunky sound which perfectly complements new lead vocalist Doogie White.

      Having heard the album several times over the past couple of days I can safely say it has its strengths and its weaknesses. It has a pleasant old school metal sound (I doubt this was deliberate, it probably was the only way Blackmore could write at the time - who wants a goth / grunge version of Rainbow?) but there isn't that standout song which would have made the album. It has its moments and not having heard all the Rainbow albums, I can't say how this holds up. I actually prefer the 'Lady of the Lake' style Rainbow songs that Ronnie James Dio worked on, so this mix of MTV friendly metal and old school Rainbow sounds a little too polished.

      1. "Wolf to the Moon" (White, Blackmore, Candice Night) - 4:16
      2. "Cold Hearted Woman" - 4:31
      3. "Hunting Humans (Insatiable)" - 5:45
      4. "Stand and Fight" - 5:22
      5. "Ariel" - 5:39 (Blackmore, Night)
      6. "Too Late for Tears" (White, Blackmore, Pat Regan) - 4:50
      7. "Black Masquerade" (White, Blackmore, Paul Morris, Night) - 5:35
      8. "Silence" - 4:04
      9. "Hall of the Mountain King" (Edvard Grieg, additional arrgmt. by Blackmore, lyrics written by Night) - 5:34
      10. "Still I'm Sad" (Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty) - 5:22


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Wolf to the Moon
    2 Cold Hearted Woman
    3 Hunting Humans (Insatiable)
    4 Stand and Fight
    5 Ariel
    6 Too Late for Tears
    7 Black Masquerade
    8 Silence
    9 Hall of the Mountain King
    10 Still I'm Sad

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