"This L.P. never got any airplay when it came out but like most of RT's work. He's done great stuff since bridge of sighs L.P. (which is a Top notch classic to be sure) but there's so much more to this artist, and this is a great slice of him from a more modern time in his career. It is both as polished as it is Lyrical and strong. I absolutly love this L.P. It Rocks hard and yet is still very soulful as well. Not that anyone who listens to trower dose'nt know he has always had a knack for that as well as the knack for always finding great english vocalist that seem to have the same strong passionate sound to them. I find The vocals on all his albums stand up to match his great guitar vituoso."
Where did the new singer come from ? (Read On)
The Shade | The Sonaran Desert (Arizona) | 07/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seems to be some confusion about the vocalist, Davey Pattison.
Background :Ronnie Montrose was looking for a singer for his new band called Gamma. His first choice was the late, great James Dewar, who fronted Robin Trower's band for years. James turned him down, but..he did know of an unknown, quality singer, for Ronnie Montrose. That's right...it was Davey Pattison that James Dewar recommended for Gamma. He told Ronnie, "You'll like him . He sounds like me".
As for Passion... It's a modern Trower versus vintage Trower argument.
About as effective an argument of; new guitars versus old guitars , OR apples & oranges.
What about Clapton ? There's something to talk about. HA!
It does contain some worthwhile songs.
No Time is in the best tradition of Trower blues. Secret Doors is a great, Trower style rocker. Passion is good song. If Forever & Night are good, slower numbers.
It may not be his best record, but it's good overall.
It's good that people enjoy the older material. That is music that I love.
Musicians do evolve and change over the years. How boring if all he ever played was the same thing, over & over & over...
This CD does contain some excellent guitar playing from Robin.
By the way, I saw this tour and the band sounded GREAT !
Don't get stuck on Too Rolling Stoned :)"
Where'd this come from?
Jonathan L. Mayhew | Fairfield, IA United States | 08/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just sort of stumbled accross this obscure Trower album. Some other reviewers are [mad] its not the 70s Trower self indulgent long psychelic solo stuff. Its not. The guitar solos are woven in 4 minute vocal song format, mostly. They are bluesy, haunting and beautiful especially on "Night" which is one of those songs you want to play over & over again. This is the r&b end of pop rock. If you think you're too good for pop rock, then go back in whatever bag you like. In the planning of Passion I can see Trower's agent/ record company pleading or demanding something commercial to get him back on the charts. Robin Trower's strong suit has always been his melancholic, sweetly lyrical side--with an ability to give it a blistering rock edge. Its here in spades. If Dylan could make Nashville Skyline, why can't Trower do this cool record?"
He's Outta this World
Jesse Larios | Austin, TX United States | 08/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robin Trower is irriplaceable. Trower has been touring consistantly and he has kept in tune. Maybe to some people he was more spacey, funky in the SEVENTIES, but life moves on. Robin Trower on "PASSION" re-invents himself. He might have added some keyboards but it only added a taste more of the blues. "PASSION" might have aimed towards pop music but it was done with a trimmed down overdub effect. This is a more stipped down almost live sound that the band uses. Trower does the same in "SOMEDAY BLUES" another excellent album which features TROWER on Vocals. I am much older now than in my youthful "SEVENTIES", and I do not find as much time on my hands to listen to music for extended periods of time, but I have to listen to this CD entirely. Soulful singing, Monster guitar riffs, meticulous rythym section."
One of Trower's Best CDs !!!
E. Voorhies | United States | 06/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I disagree strongly with most of the previous reviewers who evidently have no taste for melodic, well-produced, blues/rock. I imagine that if I was Robin trower that, after about 10 years of playing songs featuring long guitar solos night after night, that i might be ready for a little change in style and tone in my music. And that is what this is....and it's very good. The best thing about this CD is that this singer is by far the closest sounding to James Dewar, Robin's original singer, who, in my opinion, was the best blues/rock singer of my lifetime. Robin returned to this line-up for his brand new 2005 release "Living Out of Time," so that alone ought to tell you something."