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  • Chinatown is often maligned by critics knowing the dual guitar lineup of Gorham/Robertson or even Gorham/Moore was replaced by ace guitarist Snowy White as partner to Scott Gorham. But this is still Phil Lynot’s band here, and once again he makes the magic with a collection of understated rockers that DO better with age “We Will Be Strong” “Sweetheart” and “Chinatown”. White brings an american rythm and blues style to the mix with “Sugar Blues” and the band also delivers the goods on the quintessential rocker “Killer on the Loose”. Still with the band is Lynot’s poignant lyrics and vocal chops, so I never understood the backlash against this effort. To me it easily ranks alongside Jailbreak, and Bad Reputation. The recording is a bit more polished than earlier Lizzy releases but the rockers are still tight and feverish with the sonic clarity welcomed. That’s not a slight at earlier Lizzy recordings, which I always thought were a cut above many hard rock bands of the era (especially Sabbath, Slade, and UFO). It’s just a good album to crank up to “11″.

    Posted on February 15, 2010