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Thunder
Shooting at the Sun
November 2003
Released: 2003, Frontiers Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

It’s been two years since we heard from UK rock-dogs Thunder, the band having split after becoming frustrated with the music business. Despite the fact that they had outlasted almost all of their late-80s cock rock counterparts, the band had had enough. Thankfully the band has decided to fully reform and give it another kick at the can. Why thankfully? Because SHOOTING AT THE SUN is a pure rock ‘n roll powerhouse, filled with the kind of hooks, riffs, and fun that Thunder became known for throughout their career. No folks, this band hasn’t lost a single step!

Though the band is now on Frontiers Records (a far cry from their heyday on EMI!), not much else has changed. Filled with rock, blues, grooves, boogie, and the occasional ballad, Thunder come back firing on all cylinders, and covering all of the expected bases. The trick is that, despite the fact that the band do exactly what you expect them to do, somehow the album still sounds fresh and exhilarating. If the opening riff of “Loser” doesn’t take you back to a time when spandex was cool, well, there’s just no hope for you.

Really, I don’t know why this album keeps getting better with each spin. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the band sounds like they are having such a blast with these songs. There just sounds like there’s an honesty in this album that is missing from so many rock bands these days. Thunder are older now, and perhaps (gasp!) at little bit wiser, but still have that mischievous side. Just go to the band’s website and check out “Loser”, “Shooting at the Sun”, and “Shake the Tree” to confirm what I’ve just said, then go and buy the album!
Track Listing

1) Loser
2) Everybody’s Laughing
3) If I can’t Feel Love
4) Shooting at the Sun
5) The Pimp and the Whore
6) A Lover, Not a Friend
7) Shake the Tree
8) Somebody get me a Spin Doctor
9) The Man Inside
10) Out of my Head
11) Blown Away

Lineup

Ben Matthews: Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Childs: Bass
Danny Bowes: Vocals
Harry James: Drums
Luke Morley: Guitar


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