UFO
Lights Out


4.5
superb

Review

by OFace USER (15 Reviews)
April 4th, 2011 | 46 replies | 9,738 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard charging 70's Hard Rock on par with Thin Lizzy

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Michael Schenker is pretty much known for three things: being the dude who co-founded the Scorpions, encompassing the virtues of raging alcoholism and being a massive prick on-stage, and writing the totally badass song/album “Lights Out.” Schenker is not quite a legend in the annals of rock history, although he probably should be. Although prima-donna guitar players are a dime a dozen and most of them can shred when they feel like it, Schenker was a riff monster and laid down some totally face-melting solos. If more people outside of England had actually heard “Lights Out,” UFO and Schenker would be on the same household name recognition level as fellow badass Phil Lynott. This isn’t to say that UFO was as awesome as Thin Lizzy, but there is a strong correlation between their styles. Mainly, the style of big-time riffage, catchy choruses, and a slight pop feel that was still gritty enough to qualify as a manly grilling album, as opposed to KISS, who employed a similar style but had the misfortune of the fact that 64% of their fans menstruate on a monthly basis. Females don’t jam UFO or Thin Lizzy, and therein lays the quintessential difference.

“Lights Out” the song is an exercise in titanic guitar riffs and solos, and album opener “Too Hot To Handle” is about 97% as awesome. The remaining album is in a similar vein, with layers of pop and big time power ballads thrown in the mix. “Love To Love” is one of those 7 minute ballads that consistently changes between rocking out and getting sensitive, i.e. the blueprint for any memorable classic rock ballad. “Just Another Suicide,” “Getting Ready,” and “Electric Phase” are pretty much interchangeable, up-tempo riff rockers that could have easily landed on 70’s rock radio. On a record full of strengths that plays well to its genre, the only points of weakness can be found on “Try Me,” which is definitely not a manly power ballad and thus is grossly out of place, and “Alone Again Or,” which would be better suited on an early Journey album. Those tracks are the reason “Lights Out” is not quite up to par as “Jailbreak,” yet its strongest moments solidify it as an essential Hard Rock staple.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2011



5915 Comments


good review, pos'd

i don't have anything from these guys, too bad i guess.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2011



5915 Comments


i probably should get their 70's shit too





where are all the old school rockers of this site?

just thinking out loud...

Inveigh
April 4th 2011



24798 Comments


it's a shame I don't already have this record, but I'll change that soon

another classic Oface reveiw (pos)

BigHans
April 4th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Title track is just all kinds of rule. Love to Love is indeed an epic 70s rock ballad.

corum
April 5th 2011



2 Comments


Think this would be my fav album by UFO been a while since i played it might just put it on the turntable now

acorncheese
April 5th 2011



7119 Comments


probably heard the title track a thousand times over the years

BigHans
April 5th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and I bet it was awesome each time.

acorncheese
April 5th 2011



7119 Comments


Haha, all of those times were in the car with my dad while growing up, and always the live version from the Chicago show he was at. He still to this day rewinds the solo every time.

BigHans
April 5th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude that solo just shreds

BigHans
May 25th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wrote this review in like 8 minutes

acorncheese
May 25th 2011



7119 Comments


you can come to my place and sleep on the couch!

BigHans
May 25th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my Steel Panther review is much better than this one though

BigHans
December 7th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Only tru metal warriors know this album

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011



16134 Comments


Doesn't touch Phenomenon, though.

BigHans
December 7th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dont have that whole album, just Doctor Doctor and Rock Bottom. Dude OFace has the best reviewing taste ever. Budgie, Creedance, UFO, Diamond Head, Neil Diamond, Steel Panther. M/

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011



16134 Comments


UJR is the motherfuckin' man.

BigHans
December 7th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drawing a blank whats UJR

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011



16134 Comments


Uli Jon Roth.

TheNotrap
December 7th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Need to jam this.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2011



16134 Comments


Schenker too, though.



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