They may be calling their impending tour “The Long Goodbye,” but Deep Purple aren’t about to cash in their chips just yet. This legendary quintet has plenty of fuel left in the tank, having seemingly retrieved their mojo with 2013’s Now What?, and their mix of creative arrangements, renewed enthusiasm and spirited songs is firmly cemented here. Ian Gillan sings with piss and vinegar on tracks like “Time for Bedlam” and “Hip Boots.” And they also allow room for prog-rock extravaganzas like “The Surprising” and “Birds of Prey.” This album reflects a band that defies fashion, yet is as contemporary and vital as ever.
Released by: earMusic
Producer: Bob Ezrin