Rip It Up - review of the new Thunder album
Words: Anthony Firmin
Like an episode of Eastenders, Thunder have had their fair share of break-ups and make-ups and out of the latest of these came the cracking Wonder Days, released in 2015. Now, with Rip It Up, their latest release, they have delivered an absolute cracker; it covers no new ground and nobody would want to hear otherwise.
From a nod and a wink to Led Zeppelin with album opener No One Gets Out Alive through to the monstrously large riffs of Shakedown and the infectious grooves of The Chosen One (a touch of Shaft! in there) and Heartbreak Hurricane, this is Thunder at their very best.
The seedier side of life has often seen them deliver their best work so it comes as no surprise that life on the road must be interesting when it inspires songs like She Likes The Cocaine where Lynne Jackamans powerful and soulful vocals lift this up to another level. Live, this song is going to go down so well with the bands infamous sing-a-longs, possibly becoming a permanent fixture in their set.
The sultry In Another Life is probably my favourite track on the album; if you close your eyes you can just imagine the sweat rolling down the walls in a hot, humid studio in the USA.
What makes this bands music special is the space they leave in the songs allowing them to breathe, but what has made Rip It Up such a great album is that they have really stepped up a level.
The album is solid classic rock. It is not going to win a Grammy but pretty much everyone who likes this genre will love it as it ticks all the boxes and delivers on every single track, it may well be their best album so far. What is undeniable is that Thunder are still one of the best live bands out there as was experienced at their recent show at the Apollo here in Manchester.