After trying to make everybody happy,but themselves(maybe), GE hires a slide guitar player,and lets loose.The result is a relaxed sounding, easy flowing ,totally GE sounding cd. Bombay bounces,Sueleen swings and Mad Loves keeps coming at ya.The other 4 tracks are solid GE too.If you like GE this is a solid addition to your collection,and if you are real fan you probably already have this.But me being the only one to review, some of you out there are losing out.
i like the different textures this album offers,from "bombay" to "mad love" to "time's up" and everything inbetween is excellent.not a recommended first purchase for the neophyte,but of course essential for the diehard!.i like to pair this album with blue oyster cult's "agents of fortune" for some odd reason.another textbook reason on how G.E. knows how to floats outside the realms of hard rock into interesting territory i never get tired of!!!,yet it still can rock pretty well.
I'm a little torn here, folks. I really want to give Contraband a higher rating but it feels like the songwriting is pretty relaxed, straightforward and not creative enough so I can't. But on the flipside, you *could* easily claim Contraband is yet another experiment by Golden Earring, in a long legacy of experiments that spanned (and continue to span) several decades, and I wouldn't be able to disagree with that.
My personal feelings concerning the songs is that they are all *pretty good* but nothing truly extraordinary ever stands out (except for "Mad Love's Coming" of course, which is EASILY the best song here). It has a really great chorus. "Mad love's coming, not too soon, on beds that sail out of the blue". I LOVE that part... or do they actually say BOATS instead of beds? Either way, the verse melody sneaks up in a memorable way as well, over time I mean. "Meanwhile let's hope the night never ends". Perhaps the same will happen with the rest of the material...
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