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DEEP PURPLE

NOW WHAT?!

2013

 

GROWING OLD WITH BARELY A WHIMPER

 

Deep Purple’s new album starts off with a song called ‘A Simple Song’ that really just fails to go anywhere, it feels like an idea for a song rather than something you would commit to record. Let alone open an album with. It’s almost like a false start. ‘Wierdistan’ however is more like it, awash with keys and a hypnotic vocal from Gillan, who still sounds like he’s just woken up. It sounds like a loosener, nice as it may be. And that really is the crux of this album, wonderful, sometimes sublime musicianship, certainly the aura of classic Purple but somehow ‘unfinished’ or maybe ‘uncommitted’ would be a better word.

 

 


‘Out of Hand’ ticks all the right boxes, a solid groove, with Gillan sounding a little like Ozzy, as he does sometimes. It’s all actually quite mellow so far. ‘Hell to Pay’ is a bit livelier, quite a nice track that does indeed sound like classic Purple with a guitar sound reminiscent of that guy who plays Folk Music these days, and Lord-like keys, but to be honest they do go on a bit on we lose our way mid-section (Which I’m sure is music to some ears).  

 

 


‘Body Line’ takes us in an altogether funkier direction but it’s pretty harmless. ‘Above and Beyond’ is just dull, slightly folky and dull. In fact it’s only really the low key ‘Blood From a Stone’ that lights any fires at first listen and that’s strictly a slow burn, It’s the first song that makes you remember how essential Purple once were (though in this case how much better the Doors did stuff like this).

 

 


Elsewhere on the album nothing much more really happens. I mean you can tell this is Purple and both the sound and production is exemplary but the life seems to be sucked out of this as it moves from guitar solo to keyboard stab. I’m a little sad really. I love Purple but if this is the sound of them growing old maybe I’ll have to wait a few more years to really appreciate this.  

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW DEEP PURPLE Now What Review 2013