...and here we're presented with the album that the
'PRIEST tried (and, for the most part, failed) to play
glam-metal. Well, this is easily the heaviest (and
best) "glam" album ever recorded. Still, what on
earth were they thinking??? Many fans hated the album
and decided to turn their backs to them. Considering
I was 10 years old when I bought this (right after it
was released), and if it had guitars and was heavy, I
liked it! Besides, it was 'PRIEST!!
Even though this is glam-metal, the band still managed
to add their own twist to this album, a heavy dose of
synthesizers and synthesized guitar (several other
"big-name" metal bands also tried this after JP did).
This actually makes this album alot more interesting
to me. The synth use is put to it's most use in the
opening track "Turbo Lover", the guitars aren't even
used until well over a minute into it. The lead break
is certainly assisted with a synth guitar. After
this, we have "Locked In", synths still in heavy use,
but alot more metal-based. Actually, this is quite a
good track, some killer lead work. Next is "Private
Property", which has an anthem-ish chorus, but this
song isn't too memorable, as the glam-metal style is
definitely present on this track. Fortunatley, the
next track, "Parental Guidance" is much better.
Another anthem-like song, but purely metal. I (and
probably all metalheads under age 18) could certainly
relate to the song's chorus when this album came out.
"Rock You All Around The World" closes the first side
with a semi-fast paced straight forward metal song, no
synths or glam-metal influences...
Side 2 opens with "Out In The Cold", one of the
album's best tracks. The intro is all synths, with
some helicopter-like effects. The verses are sung
over light synths and drums, very sporadic guitar use
until the choruses and the bridge leading up to the
guitar solos. "Wild Night, Hot Crazy Days" is yet
another anthem-like song, good albeit standard. Next
is "Hot For Love", a straight glam-metal song, and
rather forgettable, a shame because the harmonized
lead work is quite good. Fortunately, the last song
"Reckless" is a great tune (I can't ever decide if I
like this one or "Out In The Cold" better). The best
lead work on the album, and certainly the album's
heaviest song. Some might be aware that this could've
been the theme for the movie "Top Gun", but the band
didn't want it to be used because they thought the
movie would be a flop (which it wasn't).
Unless you're a die-hard that MUST own every JP album,
this one can be passed on. It has its good moments,
and it's bad ones. I seem to be one of the few JP
fans who actually don't mind this album too much (I
guess I'm more open-minded than I give myself
credit for being). Still, I consider "Turbo" their
weakest studio work...
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