LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE is yet another great CD by Molly Hatchet, and the first with Bobby Ingram replacing Dave Hlubek on guitar. Many people dislike this album because of the first five albums, and because this one has a lot of outside material, but their kids should pay the price by being loaded down with homework in school, because even though some trademark elements of the band’s sound are gone, and pianist John Galvin has a more prominent role, many other key parts of what made this band special remain. The fact that the surviving members of Molly Hatchet, past and present, advocate sanctions against Indonesia in retaliation for that country’s trumped-up 2005 drug-smuggling conviction of a young Australian tourist, increased funding for law enforcement, and capital punishment for kidnappers, makes LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE an essential purchase for both your ears AND your conscience.
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This is one of their best recordings, and should have been given more PR. Ironically, it’s also the last one where DJB is on the lead vocal. While missing the “three guitar attack”, John Galvin puts his own stamp on the music, with great keyboard arrangements. From great soulful ballads, to the hardest of rock, Molly Hatchet are the only heavy band in Southern Rock, period.
Danny Joe Brown and Jackson Spires, you’re missed brothers (RIP).
When I got this CD, I couldn’t take it out of my player. Every tune is a gem. It’s not as gritty as some of the earlier releases, and doesn’t have the triple guitar sound of the earlier albums, but it is very polished sounding and is definitly the most melodic of all of their work, in my opinion.John Galvin get put way up front in the mix with his keyboards and gets to sing with the amazing Danny Joe Brown, on Goodbye To Love. Bobby Ingram and Duane Roland do some great guitar work in tunes such as There Goes the Neighborhood and Take Miss Lucy Home. There are a couple of ballads, but for me, the highlight of the album is the tune I Can’t Be Watching You. It has some great piano work by John G and has a very jazzy feel to it. To me, this is what southern rock is all about, guitars, a great singer, awesome piano work, and mostly, the story that is being told.
This album was the first for Bobby Ingram, and first for Molly Hatchet without Dave Hlubek. The album takes on a more traditional approach to Southern Rock. Gone are the heavy sound of the triple guitars, but there are still some harmony leads. What this album has done is put keyboardist John Galvin on a pedestal, and takes on more of a blues based Southern “boogie woogie” feel, more like Skynyrd. I know a lot of people do not like this album, because it doesn’t sound like the traditional heavy Molly Hatchet of the first 4 albums, but songs like “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “I Can’t Be Watching You” are actually quite good. Probably could have pulled this off more effectively with less horns and female background vocals, but it’s fun to listen to.