UFO
Mechanix


3.0
good

Review

by menawati USER (94 Reviews)
October 19th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mediocre release from a once great hard rock band who were starting to exhibit some signs that they were finally running out of ideas.

There is no doubt that UFO peaked during the late 70's with the Michael Schenker fuelled releases 'Lights Out' and 'Obsession'. The departure of Schenker left a gaping hole but by the time this album was released his spectre had been fully exorcised and UFO had demonstrated that they were still a force to be reckoned with on the excellent 'The Wild, The Willing and the Innocent'. Surely they would now consolidate their position and build on their new found confidence "

Sadly this album is a step down from 'The Wild, The Willing and the Innocent' in several respects. That particular album had contaned some wonderfully epic compositions such as 'Long Gone' with its multi-layered approach and string section and the album as a whole had attained a level of consistency that was missing on the previous 'No Place To Run'. However, 'Mechanix' finds UFO sliding back down into mediocrity. There are some respectable early-80's style hard rock songs on here such as 'We Belong to the Night' and 'Dreaming' but the main problem herein is the abundance of filler. The lacklustre cover of Eddie Cochran's 'Something Else' seems to sum up the whole album and points to a band who are really running out of inspiration. The album actually spawned a minor US hit in the guise of the ballad 'Back Into My Life' and UFO were indeed renowned for their mastery of hard rock balladry in their heyday but this particular song is a tired and forgettable representation of how far they had now fallen.

There isn't anything particularly bad about this release. The production is adequate, the songs are adequate, the musicianship is adequate but there are none of the moments of brilliance which marked out their previous work. The standout track is probably 'The Writer' which actually manages to capture some of the magic of their previous work with it's memorable riff and tasteful dose of saxophone but overall this is a tired effort from a band who were inching into that zone which is often referred to as being past their sell by date.

UFO's releases became extremely hit and miss after the departure of Michael Schenker. This album certainly doesn't approach the worst of what they had to offer, that dubious title must be reserved for 1985's awful 'Misdemeanor'. However, 'Mechanix' is a formulaic effort that doesn't really offer up anything of note. If you like 'The Wild, The Willing and the Innocent' it is worth checking out because there are some good moments on here but this is by no means an essential listen even for UFO fans.



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menawati
October 19th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Writer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljo9tr1c-9E

We Belong to the Night - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt0o0997ssA

Dreaming - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RsCPEP-RwQ

Ecnalzen
October 19th 2012


7527 Comments


Holy shit, these guys have a lot of albums.

YoYoMancuso
October 19th 2012


12742 Comments


nice, well written. pos'd. never really been into UFO

KILL
October 19th 2012


81231 Comments


i need more ufo

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2012


23930 Comments


good review as always pos.d. still haven't listened to these guys

menawati
October 19th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yo atari thx u might like them but dont start with this one lol

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2012


23930 Comments


nah i always start with the highest rated albums for bands i haven't heard.

menawati
October 19th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

u aint missing much

piroga84
October 20th 2012


361 Comments


a pos for me, you write clear and simple
mediocre albums are difficult to write about, you nailed it

FromDaHood
October 25th 2012


9107 Comments


I feel like this review is too vague. I have no idea what this album would sound like except for 'hard rock.' Granted, I came here from your profile because I saw you had a lot of reviews and I'm not the target audience, but sonic and kill commenting told me more about the music than the review did.

menawati
October 25th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ye u probably right, was just a quickie and maybe a bit vague and intended for people who listen to

this sort of thing.



Thx for the constructive feedback it's appreciated ill try and make reviews more useful for people who

have little knowledge of the genre in future.

dante901
February 4th 2014


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My making contact review was actually meant for this milk toast release.obviously, I didn't care for this album

tonyzepp
October 23rd 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this album from beginning to end.



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