UFO
Obsession


4.5
superb

Review

by menawati USER (94 Reviews)
September 8th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The last of the classic Schenker era UFO albums.

Michael Schenker was important to UFO not just as their resident guitar hero. He also formed the core writing partnership with Phil Mogg which produced most of the band's best work. To say that the departure of Schenker after this release left a hole in the band would be something of an understatement. But I'm skipping ahead here, he did contribute to 'Obsession' and the album we have here is maybe not quite the best thing UFO ever did but it's certainly the most interesting.

Album opener 'Only You Can Rock Me' is a bog standard UFO composition which wouldn't sound out of place on any of their previous releases - a mid-tempo hard rock number with a decent hook and a melodic chorus. However, the band take things up a notch with the vicious 'Pack It Up And Go', an absolutely electric track with Andy Parker pounding out the beat with brutal precision and Mogg giving one of his best ever vocal performances. UFO had never sounded so downright committed as this before. Almost as an apology for the subsequent minute of recorders and a strummed guitar that is 'Arbory Hill' the band launch into the excellent 'Ain't No Baby' which manages to pack into 4 minutes virtually all the elements that UFO became famous for - tasteful slowburn hard rock, glorious melodies, busy lead guitar and great solos. Another highlight is 'One More For The Rodeo' on which Schenker goes to town and almost drives the whole song with endlessly inventive lead guitar flourishes. Schenker was renowned for his technical ability but there is no wankery on here. The solos never outstay their welcome and seem to fit within the framework of each song perfectly. A proper UFO album usually has it's fair share of ballads and 'Obsession' is no exception. 'Cherry' is quite mediocre but 'Looking Out for No.1' employs a string section to great effect and album closer 'Born To Lose' is beautiful in its simplicity while featuring one of Schenker's best solos.

'Obsession' is by no means as straightforward and consistent as the previous release 'Lights Out' but there is an extra dimension to their sound on here. It's altogether darker, more atmospheric and definitely feels weightier than anything they had ever done.
It's a shame that Schenker decided to quit the band after this album. 'Obsession' finds UFO moving away from their comfort zone in places and it would have been interesting to see where the Mogg/Schenker writing team would have gone from here. I am pretty sure that whatever they had produced would have been a cut above 'No Place To Run' which turned out to be possibly the weakest album UFO had released up until that point and marked the start of the slow decline of the band throughout the 80's.



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menawati
September 8th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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NoMeansYes
September 8th 2012


1012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, haven't listened to this in a really long time (years) but used to love it so much. Pos'd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2012


8051 Comments


Excellent review, pos.

As I wrote in your previous UFO review, I gotta check this band soon.

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menawati
September 8th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys. If you want to check em out best place to start is Strangers in the Night ;]

JamieTwort
September 8th 2012


26988 Comments


Great review, pos'd.

Album rocks.

Lenix
September 8th 2012


793 Comments


Menawati for contributor 2012!!!

menawati
September 8th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ha - don't think so man.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2012


23924 Comments


Good review, still haven't heard this band either

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Lenix
September 8th 2012


793 Comments


This is awesome

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2012


2571 Comments


Good review, pos'd. This album is their best in my opinion, but I do need to go back and listen to their 70's releases again.

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Cygnatti
November 12th 2012


32650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good stuff menawati

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MrSirLordGentleman
September 4th 2013


12052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By far the weakest of the classic UFO albums

JamieTwort
September 4th 2013


26988 Comments


I dunno about that.

crusheverything
June 30th 2014


5 Comments


To the reviewer: The rest of the band appears on the cover of Obsession, so your theory about Schenker being the most
important isn't necessarily true. Singer Phil Mogg is on the front left and bassist Pete Way is on the right. Drummer Andy
Parker and Rhythm guitarist/keyboardist, Paul Raymond, appear on the back cover on the left and right, respectively. The real
distinction between Schenker and the other members is that he is German, while the others are English. Schenker is also the
only member with blonde hair and blue eyes, although that's just a simple observation. While the band made some great
music after Michael left in 1979, it is the original Schenker Era that is most memorable and still features most prominently in
their live sets.



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