The heaviest DP album since In Rock.
Isaac Salapa | Harrisburg | 07/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After Purpendicular, it was clear that Deep Purple could basically do whatever the hell they wanted to do with Steve Morse on the guitar. Abandon brings back the heavy style that was epitomized on Deep Purple In Rock. The only problem is that most of the songs and riffs just aren't as memorable as classic Purple or other Morse era favorites (Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Ted the Mechanic, Rapture of the Deep, Picture of Innocence). Any Fule Kno That is a pretty good opener, but most of the album is like The House of Blue Light and The Battle Rages On: solid and a little underwhelming. Seventh Heaven is good; Fingers to the Bone and Don't Make Me Happy are too. The last three tracks pick it up more. The riff to '69 is catchy and the lyrics (Your ma said you slept real good in your food last night/You couldn't hold it down but you broke up a real good fight) are pretty amusing to me. Evil Louie also has a neat rhythmic riff and again, the words, which I usually don't pay much attention to, are neat. Finally, we have a remake of Bloodsucker from In Rock. I'm not sure why. They could have put this out without it and had 11 songs...but whatever. It's a pretty good take, though Gillan's screeching isn't what it was in 1970.
Maybe it's not the first Morse album you'd give to a Purple newbie, but after awhile, it begins to catch on."
'Abandon" Revives the Deep Purple spirit in a stellar album
Eric Mueller | Portland, OR USA | 02/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the classic Deep purple sound once again! The previous album, "Purpendicular" sounded like a Steve Morse showcase. "Abandon" is again a full band effort well mixed and strong. I would venture to say it is the best Deep Purple album since "Perfect Strangers". It has the feel of a new and revived band effort much like the "Perfect Strangers" reunion album did. A full review of each song is below
1."Any Fule Kno That" - Nice rocker, very strong opener to the album with the classic Deep Purple sound
2."Almost Human" - Slower tempo but still good, love the guitar work on this song
3."Don't Make Me Happy" - Slow bluesy feel
4."Seventh Heaven" - Another great track, slow crunching guitar in the classic Deep Purple style. Steve Morse is starting to catch on to the Purple way of doing business.
5."Watching the Sky" - Mid tempo rocker, okay, not stellar but okay, sounds like a late 60s tune and then takes off...is this alternative Purple?
6."Fingers to the Bone" - slowing it down through the middle of the album, good song
7."Jack Ruby" - Another slow song, I love this tune, nice groove, shrieking Gillan (It's been a while), great keyboards and good lyrics
8."She Was" - Okay song, good keyboard / guitar interplay on this one. I love that aspect of of the Deep Purple sound
9."Whatsername" - Slow jam, respectable, not bad at all
10."'69" - Welcome back the rockers, love the keyboard solo, classic Deep Purple
11."Evil Louie" - Respectable song, not great but respectable
12."Bludsucker" - Deep Purple covers Deep Purple! Very nice! Steve Morse shows his talents on classic "In Rock" track. Great ending to a great album!!
Steve's use of pitch harmonics seem toned down on this album and appropriately placed in the solos. Jon Lord shines as does Ian P., Ian G. and Roger. This is what Deep Purple should sound like. This is a full band playing at their finest. Great studio album for Jon Lord to retire with."