Ian Gillan - One Eye To Morocco

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Fans should by now have come to expect Ian Gillan solo albums to be fairly far removed from the hard rock sound of parent band Deep Purple, and One Eye To Morocco is exactly that, but not as far as usual. There are some straight-ahead rock moments though, particularly the Queen-like No Lotion For That, Change My Ways, and Texas State of Mind, amongst some of the most varied songs Ian's written to date. Some of them (Better Days, It Would Be Nice, Always The Traveller, Girl Goes To Show) are weak, but some excellent grooves, like the dance beat, fast lyrics and sliding guitars of Deal With It and the dusty blues of the aptly titled Ultimate Groove make up for the lack of punch in other areas. Gentle eastern-flavoured opener One Eye To Morocco, Don't Stop and bass-driven The Sky Is Falling Down are all also good tracks which, between harder songs in a live set, will fit into the Gillan repertoire perfectly. All in, five great tracks, three good tracks and just four weak ones make for an overall decent listen, particularly for fans of Ian's solo output.

Written by Andy Lye
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