Deep Purple
inFinite


3.5
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
April 29th, 2017 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aging gracefully.

What comes to your mind when you think of Deep Purple" Most of you might mention the screams, the guitar pyrotechnics, the wild improvisations, and legendary songs such as “Child in Time” or “Highway Star”. Now think that all these lasted less than 5 years and that the present incarnation of the band is the longest-standing in Deep Purple’s history!

Some of you may think that this introduction is irrelevant or wonder how it blends with the Deep Purple of today. Well, it may or may not blend seamlessly but the reality is that inFinite has absolutely no similarities with the golden days of Mark II besides the fact that it is performed by 3/5’s of the classic Deep Purple line-up. In addition, one cannot compare the two eras simply because the two main soloists are very different in style and sound. Therefore, let us remove from our minds any such thought and focus on the present.

inFinite – with its Devin Townsend-esque cover art – is an album with flashes of brilliance and pure class but at the same time slightly uneven as it includes a few run-of-the-mill songs and a couple innate deficiencies. As a whole, like previous effort Now What"!, it’s being dominated by Don Airey – who once again has done a marvelous job – and Steve Morse. Their interaction manages to make interesting even the more unremarkable tracks. For example, “Hip Boots” starts off as simple boogie but would border on filler without the two soloists’ contributions and “Time for Bedlam” really takes off during the keys and guitar interplays. Nevertheless, that is not always the case as “Get Me Outta Here” which is based on a slowed-down pattern of “Body Line” from Now What"! feels like it lacks a certain direction, a drive.

What is more, Deep Purple were never known for their deep lyrics and inFinite is no exception. However, the stories behind “One Night in Vegas” with its playful barroom piano melody and “On Top of the World” are absolutely hilarious for those of you who care to make some research.

Moving on, where Purple’s latest LP really succeeds, is on the slower, more atmospheric and progressive songs; songs you can add to the list of underrated gems along with “Sail Away” and “Strangeways”. It is hard to imagine how a band with so many miles and hours of music on their resume can still write a song like “Surprising”; it begins like a normal slow rock song but at the 2-minute mark turns into a truly evocative and eerie prog beast to the point where it creates a feeling of awe. “All I Got Is You” is one of the most melancholic tracks but at the same time oozes of confidence, quality and features one of the LP’s best performances by Ian Gillan who intentionally is more restrained on this album. Moreover, “Birds of Prey” is the one track where I would be content if it’s proven Purple’s swan song. Listening to Morse’s emotional solo – whose playing is more bluesy and less fusion-y on here – during the song’s final two minutes, evokes images of the band throughout the years, from Montreux to the land of the rising sun. “Roadhouse Blues” might be the real closer but as they say, “never let the truth get in the way of a good story”; for me, if it ends here, it ends with Morse’s solo.

For all we know, inFinite may very well be Deep Purple’s final stand and, for what is worth, it cannot be compared with anything that the legendary act released in their heydays. However, try to think of bands that play like Deep Purple and you will probably fail to recognize even one. inFinite with all its limitations, is an apotheosis of character and talent; the work of a group of men who feel comfortable in their own skin and comfortable with each other, which is weird to even fathom when we come to think of the history of the band. At the end of the day, if this is how this story ends, it is a happy end after all.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of my hardest reviews due to various limitations.



Hope you enjoy.

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


40652 Comments


cool review mano, genuinely had no idea this band was still going

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Row, yeah still going but it might not be long until they stop. Their upcoming tour is their last one.

truekebabpower
April 29th 2017


788 Comments


I am not sure I have heard anything from them that was released in the last 30 years almost. But judging from this review and the singles this could be solid.

Btw I do love Sail Away, definitely an underrated gem, a top 10 Deep Purple song for me.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet. Glad to have found another fan of Sail Away!

Titan
April 29th 2017


19088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

check this later manos bro......hed a 4 and you a 3.5......positive outlook for me!

danielcardoso
April 29th 2017


11759 Comments


Hey nice one man! Not sure if i will check this given our recent conversation, but maybe out of curiosity i could give it a spin.

Astral Abortis
April 29th 2017


6736 Comments


Gotta check

EvoHavok
April 29th 2017


7632 Comments


Excellent write-up, manos!

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys!



Really interested in how The Surprising and Birds of Prey sound to you titan dude.

buzzkites
April 29th 2017


225 Comments


can you say something cool in greek

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha sure, buzz. Do you have a preference, a specific phrase?

buzzkites
April 29th 2017


225 Comments


uh can u say "feta cheese is better than this bullshit, i'm out"

danielcardoso
April 29th 2017


11759 Comments


Lol.

ChaoticVortex
April 29th 2017


668 Comments


There is something very comforting in the fact that Deep Purple is still going and still making music. It won't go on for eternity, but when the end comes, they'll sure as hell bow out with grace.

Titan
April 29th 2017


19088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

great review dude, looking forward to those 2 songs

Azertherion
April 29th 2017


499 Comments


Great review. I'll listen to this soon

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2017


11269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, hope you enjoy this one as much as I did even though I have to say that it took me a few listens.



buzz, feta is better than a lot of stuff but not this one dude.

someguest
April 29th 2017


29862 Comments


They had to steal Devin Townsend's band logo to sell some records, eh?

OmairSh
April 29th 2017


14454 Comments


Can Steve work on another Dregs or Steve Morse Band album already. That's all I want



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