Needless to say the build up to the album is getting more intense and with the band doing interviews with loads of journalist’s lately, more is bound to emerge. Track down this page so you don’t miss anything!
There’s a “making of” Deep Purple’s new album documentary on Sky Arts, 11th March, 9pm. I guess this may form part of the DVD in the box set, and hopefully they’ll post it online later for those of us who don’t have access.
Now I wouldn’t normally post an advance press review, but given how down on Purple Classic Rock usually are, they have been quite upbeat about Infinite online (except for the Doors cover, which is worrying a lot of people), so if you don’t mind a bit of a spoiler (and a lot of tortured alliteration) read on! Otherwise look away now. Good to see Edel trust them with advance copies but not the fan sites. Thanks to Dave Browne.
“InFinite definitely won’t disappoint fans of classic Purple. It’s a feast of wanton organ and quasi-classical keyboard curlicues, bolstering bass from Roger Glover and percussive surges courtesy of Paice. Gillan, meanwhile, is in grand over-the-top form, trying a little too hard, perhaps, to keep up with the heavy metal kids, effing and blinding throughout. Elsewhere, he’s ‘three sheets to the wind’ in One Night In Vegas, while On Top Of The World finds him variously lying ‘beside the most beautiful girl in the universe’ and ‘collapsed between the eyes of Morpheus’.
It’s colourful and inadvertently comical stuff, but there’s no denying that the music is worth taking seriously, from the rampaging opener Time For Bedlam and exotically textured The Surprising, to the Zep-ish Hip Boots and Birds Of Prey. The album closes with a perfunctory cover of Roadhouse Blues, but InFinite works best when Purple do what they do best: extrapolate and alchemise the blues, and take it to new progressive heights.”