Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Burnin' Sky" by Bad Company (1977)

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Key Tracks:
Burnin' Sky was the only single and it's very clear why.

Obvious Filler & Swings-and-Misses:
Too many to count, but we'll cover a few of them as we go along.

My Overall Rating of the Tracks Separately:
Don't bother.  Seriously, don't bother.

"Burnin' Sky" is exactly what running out of steam and ideas sounds like.  It seems to get everything wrong that it possibly can - dull music, tepid lyrics, and half-hearted and half-witted sonic experimenation gone awry.  Even the crappy cover art is about as unispired as you can get; I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but Paul Rodgers is wearing a karate top with blue jeans.  Yessir he is.

I honestly think the musicians forgot they were there and just sloppily jammed around.  Then Paul Rodgers said to himself, "hey that sounds kinda like [insert classic rock radio staple here], I think I'll sing it in that style."  That's a shame, because Rodgers has a cannon of a voice, but he squanders it here by poorly aping other singular vocalists of the period.  And the truth is, there is only one Robert Plant (Everything I Need).  There is also only one Steven Tyler (Heartbeat).  Oh yeah, and there's also only one Paul McCartney (Man Needs Woman).

But I have overlooked the worst track on the LP.  Morning Sun sounds Creed spliced in with that cheesy "world music" you hear on the Weather Channel.  Yessir it does.

And just as a closing note, the random outtake of The Happy Wanderer doesn't help anything at all.  Nosir it does not.

So, is it an album?  No.  This is an example of clearly throwing an LP together to support a single.

Up next, we something called "Flame Thrower" by somebody called Wildfire.  I got no clue 'bout this one, but the cover art looks like the poster for a seventies sci-fi sexploitation flick.

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