INFINITE is the 20th studio album by one of the greatest rock bands of all time! If you consider that all the band members (minus Steve Morse) are getting into their seventies, probably you gonna think that this may be the last record. Time will tell.
As far as the album concerns, Bob Ezrin (the producer) did a great work in here for a second time. The tracks are well done, they are amusing and I think they just have fun! Deep Purple do not want any more to show new styles or skills. They sat back and enjoy the rock majesty they’ve created over the past 50 years. And that’s the thing.
Infinite is not an album – it’s a compilation of funny moments. The album begins with Gillan chanting like a robot in an Christian orthodox style. The song structures are simple with a few of them being more bluesy or more piano-orientated (“One Night In Vegas”) than the other ones. The strongest moments are those in which the most progressive rock elements are obvious and the guitars are more….strong, such as with “The Surprising”. A song built on a beautiful and gentle melody before the crescendos come in which Airey’s heavy playing and Morse’s technical guitar playing will star in order to lead again to the calm closure. A similar progressive aesthetic is the “Birds Of Prey” that brought to mind Rush and Porcupine Tree and probably my favorite of all songs of INFINITE.
If the question is whether the new Deep Purple album will satisfy their loyal fans, then I would say that INFINITE will partly satisfy them. Overall, NOW WHAT?! was a better album generally. It may very well be Deep Purple’s final stand and, for what is worth, it cannot be compared with anything that the legendary act released in their heydays. But try to think of bands that play like Deep Purple and you will probably fail to recognize even one! INFINITE with all its limitations, is the outcome of talent, character, choices, and maturation; Of course, I have to say a word about the tight line-up. The work of a group of men who feel comfortable in their own skin and comfortable with each other, which is weird to even fathom when we come to think of the history of this miraculous band and its long list of previous members. At the end of the day, if this is how this story ends, let it be…
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