Usualy, when we are dealing with older bands releasing a new album we have to use mediocre language, and come to the conclusion that although we are not very excited about the latest offering, we still owe understanding, and admiration, glancing to the past. We conclude that we won’t judge a band with so much history just from one album, but from its overall contribution. Those thoughts is most of the times the easiest way to get away without expressing your honest feelings, and real impressions.
Thus, I felt great relief when I listened to the new U.F.O. album, because I realized that I wouldn’t have to write how important “Force It”, or “Phenomenon”, was and will ever be. Honestly, “The Visitor” is exciting from the opening to the end, especially when you start realizing that it has little to do with the band’s rich, sinful hard rock past. U.F.O. has put a gear down, and returned to the very bottom of the British rock, which is…the blues. Plus, they add some southern touches, despite the fact that the only member of the band who can relate to that is American guitarist Vinnie Moore, who show once more how brilliant he is, and proves Mogg/Way’s decision to offer him a place in the band right. His diverse, and colourful playing is all over the album, which is jam packed with guitar splendor. There are also a couple of references to ex-U.F.O. axeman, Michael Schenker, especially on “Stop Breaking Down”, where the solos never end.
On their 20th album, 40 years down the line, U.F.O. illustrate how you can move the goal posts at will, make your own rules, and come up with a great result, which stands tow to tow with your past. Especially for the British band (with the German bass player-replacement for Pete Way, and the American guitarist) that had its share of trouble, lost its way, made mistakes, broke up, but also, matured, found the courage to experiment, explore new paths, and finally succeed. “The Visitor” is an album of reference, not just for the band, but for every other from the same “cut”…