Thin Lizzy
Black Rose: A Rock Legend


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lukai USER (5 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2006 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist


Thin Lizzy are the unsung heroes of 80’s hard rock. With there insightful lyrics, hard rocking melodies and beautiful harmonies they paved the way for a new generation of metal bands. But due to this they seem to be credited as the ‘boys are back in town’ guys. But to judge them from one mainstream hit, is to judge (excuse my clique here) a book by its cover.Lizzy are much more than that and perhaps after this review, you may realize the juggernaut that they once were.

Black rose , was Lizzy’s last true classic.Preceeded by what fans call the ‘golden era’ (Jailbreak , Johnny the fox ,Bad reputation).In some respects it is different to the preceded , but in many other respects it retains the same qualities that made Lizzy great. The big change to the line-up while recording the album, was that Brian’Robbo’Robertson was kicked out of the band and replaced by Blues legend Gary Moore. Moore had worked with the band frequently in the past (perhaps most famously recording the beautiful solo to I’m still in love with you).Moore adds more of a mainstream sensibility as well as his trademark style. Accompanying the brilliant Moore is the equally excellent Scott Gorham, with his hard rock roots, Gorham and Moore combine to create some truly great guitar lines. Anyway enough of my prologue here’s the songs…….

1) Do what you want to: 4/5.
Opening with a fast drumbeat we are led to believe we have a heavy rocker on our hands, but this is truly not the case. After the drums come the trademark harmony of Lizzy.But rather than being hard like say ‘emerald’ this a pop like –sing able harmony, nevertheless great.Lynotts singing and lyrics are on top things , with such a great spin on an inspiring topic. There is also good bass work here, and the drums provide interesting fills. The solo isn’t great by Lizzy standards, but still a very inspiring opening.

2) Toughest Street in town (4/5).
Beginning with a hard rocking riff, and some good drum work we are treated to some traditional Lizzy rock. With some great lyrics, and even better singing (Lynette really gives his all in this one).The chorus is very catchy and Moore’s backing is great here. But the solo is excellent, a real ripping piece of just rock ‘n’ roll baby!

3) S&M (3/5)
Hmm… weird. This is definitely your traditional Lizzy song, maybe you can tell from the title" The lyrics are a weird subject but good nevertheless. Starting with a very loose feel, and some good slapping bass, this is just unusual. But ok I guess nothing to special.

4) Waiting for an alibi (5/5)
Beginning with a catchy bass line we are then introduced to a brilliant harmony which fits really well. The chorus is again very catchy if somewhat mainstream but nevertheless very awesome. And the solo is just brilliant, very well played. And I must mention the lyrics, again genius by Lynette.

5) Sarah (4/5)
A very touching song about Lynotts daughter. The harmony is beautiful and copies the melody. The lyrics are truly brilliant and very touching. The verse guitars are done well and very tasteful. The drumming is ok, just kobo there are some extra guitar fills which spice the song up. And the solo is awesome, and such a great tone, a good use of tasteful bends.

6) Got to give it up (4/5)
A very reflective song I believe, from the band. Some fantastic lyrics here very reflective. Excellent solo, very very good, and to compliment it a great chorus. Very chantworthy.The verse guitars are reasonably simple but very effective.
7) Get out of here (4/5)
I love the way the lyrics are sung fast here, and meld together really well. The chorus is very effective, and the main riff is so catchy, very addictive. And lyrics here are simple but still good. The solo … well it’s very good (what do u expect from Lizzy") well done boys.

8) With love (5/5)
Absolutely brilliant song here, the lyrics are reflective and brilliantly the done. Moore provides some very tasty fills over Gorham’s interesting guitar lines. The harmony here is brilliant, and the drumming is solid but has good fills. And Moore provides his best solo on the album, tasty, emotional, and most importantly rocking!!!

9) Róisín Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend (4.5/5)
Truly a fitting end to not only a great album, but a golden era.Lynotts masterpiece to the world, with everything from each member. The drumming is great, with some great work here.Lynott provides some great singing, brilliant lyrics and of course some top notch bass. Gorham provides some delicious riffs and harmonies, the opening riff is excellent. But Moore really takes the show here, with an amazingly complex solo, which is worthy of any rock legend, full dues to him. Truly epic songs showcasing what Lizzy truly are about.

Pros
+ Great harmonies
+ Good song writing
+Phil Lynott!!!

Cons
- Seems a little more mainstream than say ‘Bad reputation’
- Gary Moore seems to have too much of a bluesy influence.
- Last of an era :(

Conclusion: Black Rose is an excellent album worthy of any collection, but that’s not too say it isn’t without a flaw.Lizzy are a brilliant band and have produced much better records (much worse too!!).But Black Rose ranks among the best, definitely a purchase u wont regret.

Thanks for reading, I would love for you to leave a comment, criticism is good, but praise is better :)

Lukai


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Comments:Add a Comment 
cykel-pappan
June 2nd 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review but I think this album is better than you think.

It's classic! 5 points from me!

temporary
June 2nd 2006


207 Comments


Alright review, I should probably pick this up. I have the song Black Rose and its brilliant. I love Garry Moore, too.

cykel-pappan
June 5th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Scott Gorham and Phil Lynott are the best!

Wonderbass
October 4th 2008


2 Comments


Phil checked out way too early..
F*ck------ I miss him,,, 2008 and it sill hurts

pdub121769
October 8th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is definitely a huge stick out for me not just because it's the best writing by phil! But the guitar work on every song is f'n GREAT, Gary Moore just brings such emotion and energy to this album! He really pushes phil and scott to be their best! Moore really pushes the envelope by making phil and scott really pull their best out!!!! Love every song the melodic songs like Sarah, with love and black rose are just beautiful enough to mix with hard hitters like toughest street get out of here waiting for an alibi and do anything you want to! Then a funky S & M and the hard hitting lyrics of got to give it up make it that classic complete album!

LepreCon
October 9th 2009


5451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thin Lizzy were boss

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 7th 2009


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got to Give it Up is a song that helps me feel the drug abuse pain.

emmy
December 13th 2010


205 Comments


RIFFS ∞

Inveigh
December 29th 2010


26525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, may need to bump rating



happy thin lizzy day everyone.

JamieTwort
March 22nd 2011


26988 Comments


This album is so good, Gary Moore rules.

BigHans
March 28th 2011


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Of course this rules, its Think Lizzy

random
March 30th 2011


2691 Comments


Thin Lizzy's S and M>Rihanna's S and M.

Digging: The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

Inveigh
March 30th 2011


26525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but is it better than Metallica's S&M? probably, though No Leaf Clover does rule.

MebalZahari
June 2nd 2011


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is outstanding.

JamieTwort
June 2nd 2011


26988 Comments


Yeah that track has some of Gary Moore's best guitar playing.

porch
July 21st 2011


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging the fuck out of this, and thin lizzy in general

BigHans
July 21st 2011


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should mr Irish.



I need to listen to this again I remember it ruling pretty hard

porch
July 21st 2011


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah waiting for an alibi and got to give it up are the best

BigHans
July 21st 2011


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jammed Johnny the Fox the other day, rules

BigHans
January 27th 2012


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RIP



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