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UFO The Monkey Puzzle
SPV (2006)

I will be honest and say that the last few albums by this band have had a couple of good tunes but the albums for the main have not had me rushing back to play them again. However, their last album 'You Are Here' was a definite improvement and with Andy Parker back at the drum stool this new album continues the band's renaissance.

Guitarist Vinnie Moore seems to be the spark in the band that sets this album apart from the past few albums as his playing fits the band's classic sound like a glove yet he does have odd moments where he adds his own stylings such as 'Kingston Town'.

Phil Mogg is in fine voice and lyrically the band delved into familiar territory like drinking ('Drink Too Much') and a wry look at life on 'Rolling Man'. Stand out track has to be 'Black and Blue' which I am sure will go down a storm when played live. Being picky the album could have done with a real knock 'em dead ballad and 'Down By the River' is a filler being brutally honest.

Possibly the strongest UFO line-up for many a year and this album won't disappoint their fans.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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