Rainbow
Straight Between the Eyes


2.0
poor

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Joe FEELS THE POWWUUUURRRR, but we don't.

Even by going commercial, Ritchie Blackmore still showed that he could write great songs, even if the second album in Rainbow’s second era, Difficult to Cure, was more miss than it was hit. Unfortunately, the decision to change musical direction also resulted in many of the most capable musicians in the band leaving. First vocalist Ronnie James Dio after Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, then drummer Cozy Powell after Down to Earth, and now, after their fifth album Difficult to Cure, it was the turn for keyboardist Donald Airey. He was promptly replaced, by David Rosenthal, and as if a miracle had occurred, Blackmore did not fire a single member. With his slightly altered Rainbow, he recorded the band’s sixth album, Straight Between the Eyes. Although once again moderately successful, most notably the ballad Stone Cold, a hit, it alienated Rainbow’s initial fans from the band. Not particularly surprising, because by now, nobody really expected Blackmore to stray from his newfound direction. Once he went there, it became difficult for him and the band to go back.

Compared to Difficult to Cure, Straight Between the Eyes doesn’t do a lot better. In fact, it’s even worse off. By replacing capable musicians with lesser ones album by album since Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (with the exception of Roger Glover), the quality of Rainbow’s albums had been slowly declining along with its musicians. Straight Between the Eyes continues this decline.

By 1982, vocalist Joe Lynn Turner had given up his slightly dramatic delivery on Rainbow’s previous album, and changed to an ever more standard (read: boring) style. He sounds comfortable with it, but there’s so little appeal to his voice no one will find the will to really care for it (when he recorded Slaves and Masters with Deep Purple 8 years later, it was also because of this that the album was so excruciatingly bad). The horrible choruses he wrote for tracks such as Power and Rock Fever (Lemma see ya rock!/Lemma see ya roll!/Lemma see ya burn!/Rock FEVEEEERR!) don’t really help either.

On past Rainbow releases, after the Dio-era, it were always Blackmore’s virtuoso skills (and not only skills, but also sheer appeal) that saved the day. He helped bringing Down to Earth to an actually quite enjoyable level, and while more on Difficult to Cure was miss than it was hit, nobody could really argue with Ritchie’s chops. On Straight Between the Eyes, this doesn’t serve as an argument anymore. The guitarist is running out of (above average) riffs and solos, and hardly makes an impression. Exceptions are the fast-paced and catchy opener Death Alley Driver, which at the same time contains one of Turner’s best moments on the album, as well as the ballad Stone Cold. Those are merely the first two tracks, however, and afterwards it’s a steep road downhill for Straight Between the Eyes.

Like many other examples, the cover art of Rainbow’s sixth signifies exactly the quality of said album. The record was another step down from, and it would not seem Rainbow was going to quickly recover. It’s generic, it’s far too cheesy, and it just doesn’t get enjoyable for the far greatest part of its 41 minutes and 9 songs. If Straight Between the Eyes signified anything, it was that Blackmore might have been beginning to slightly lose it.

Straight Between the Eyes’ Rainbow was:
- Richard Hugh Blackmore ~ Lead Guitar
- Joseph Arthur Mark ‘Joe Lynn Turner’ Linquito ~ Vocals
- Roger David Glover ~ Bass Guitar
- Bobby Rondinelli ~ Drums
- David Rosenthal ~ Keyboards


Essential listening:

Death Alley Driver
Stone Cold




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Nagrarok
December 23rd 2009


8315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That leaves just two.

BigHans
December 23rd 2009


26454 Comments


This is starting to get painful for you isnt it? I agree Stone Cold is a great track. pos'd

Nagrarok
December 23rd 2009


8315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You're right, but Rainbow didn't have any reviews outside the Dio-era, so...
somebody has to do it.

BigHans
December 23rd 2009


26454 Comments


Someone should do a Poison discog.

LepreCon
December 23rd 2009


4156 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't heard any Rainbow after Difficult to Cure, but I see I'm not missing much anyway.

EVedder27
December 23rd 2009


6088 Comments


Nicely done especially for a negative review. I need to start doing more of those.

Ire
December 23rd 2009


41829 Comments


awesome

cynic discog

MetalMassacreAttack
December 23rd 2009


424 Comments


Damn, you must be one of the best reviewers in this site.

13themount
January 17th 2012


173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

very ordinary album; some trite lyrics that would have never ended up on a DP album. Blackmore just can't make American hard rock it seems.

MrSirLordGentleman
February 15th 2013


4869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

After seeing the cover, the only thing I could think about is:

My eyes are bleeding!!!!!! (8)

manosg
February 15th 2013


6697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Unfortunately, the cover matches the content of this album.

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DominionMM1
February 15th 2013


10309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

record sucks for the most part, but stone cold rules

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manosg
February 15th 2013


6697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, stone cold is a good song.

MrSirLordGentleman
July 4th 2013


4869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

WORST RAINBOW ALBUM

deslad
January 27th 2014


392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Quite mediocre album; a marginal imrpovement compared to their previous one, imo.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


16130 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah drab stuff

manosg
January 27th 2014


6697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's all about Stone Cold and Miss Mistreated but the rest of the album is pretty dull yeah.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


16130 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

stone cold was me ex's fave song, she drove me mad with that

manosg
January 27th 2014


6697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh man. Could be worse though if it was another song from this album.

DominionMM1
January 27th 2014


10309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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