Picks and Pans Review: Straight Between the Eyes
The pot at the end of this Rainbow is filled with cacophony, since the group's idea of subtlety is to use a sledgehammer instead of a wrecking ball. That's not to say Straight Between the Eyes isn't an interesting way to clear the sinuses. And if your brain can survive the thundering drums of Bobby Rondinelli and the battering bass lines of Roger Glover, the rat-tat-tat of Ritchie Blackmore's lead guitar will seem a welcome relief. Blackmore and Glover are alumni of one of the granddaddy heavy-metal bands, Deep Purple, which yielded such ear-splitting standards as Smoke on the Water and Woman From Tokyo. The vocalist (to use the term loosely) is Joe Lynn Turner, who wails R-rated lyrics like these from Tite Squeeze: "Do it to me and I'll do it to you." Art it ain't.
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