I will warn you from the start. UFO is one of my favorite bands. I've been a fan since high school in the early Seventies. Mostly, even though they've had low points over the years, I've enjoyed every album they've made. In other words, don't expect an totally unbiased review.
With their twentieth album, Seven Deadly, the Moore-Mogg connection moves into their fourth album, suggesting more of the blues influenced hard rock the duo has offered since You Are Here. Except when you listen to the first two cuts, Fight Night and Wonderland; here's UFO reminding you that they can unleash a groove-laden hard rock song. From here on that subtle blues spice flavors the UFO stew. The Fear, Burn Your House Down, and The Last Stone Rider are just a few fine examples. Throughout Vinnie Moore delivers sharp and enthusiastic solos that turn on either the rock or blues side with effortless ease.
Then, of course, another reason to enjoy another UFO album is Phil Mogg's lyrics. An underrated lyricist, Mogg is fundamentally, a storyteller, able to use turn a phrase and use colorful metaphor to intrigue. Fight Night, the ballad Angel Station, and Year of the Gun find Phil in fine form.
Being a longtime fan, it's easy to be happy with new UFO. With Seven Deadly, UFO remains in their blues flavored hard rock groove. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Being more than a little biased, since they're is one my favorite bands, UFO offers another fine platter of blues flavored hard rock.
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