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  • This is one of my least favorite Thin Lizzy albums. I respect Snowy White as a guitar player (seeming to prefer a jazzier style on his solo work), but he really didn’t gel with Thin Lizzy (though he was on “China Town” – a much better album, and his lack of a hard edge seemed to bring Scott Gorham more to the front aggressively). Phil and Scott were drained during this period due to addictions.’Hollywood’ seems to be their best work on the album followed by ‘Renegade’. ‘Angel of Death’ has a gloomy message but doesn’t fit the life in the streets format so classic of Thin Lizzy. ‘Leave this Town’ seems to be a copy of ZZ Top’s style while ‘Fats’ and ‘Mexican Blood’ go off into styles (semi-night club and some type of Spanish folk) with words that are very unlike the hard driving or bluesy ballads so expected of this band. I was glad to hear their hard edge return on their next album “Thunder and Lightning”.If you are new to Thin Lizzy and checking out their LP’s, you may want to take a listen to the sample tracks and look at the more classic years with Brian Robertson. If you like Snowy White “Chinatown” is a much better album.I am a Huge Thin Lizzy Fan, but this album doesn’t have the depth and creativity of most of their other albums.

    Posted on December 14, 2009