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Roger Glover, If Life Was Easy
Ear Music/edel Records, July 11

11/10/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This is the fifth studio album from the ancient Deep Purple bassist, whose carefully grizzled look and ever-present Harley bandana have always made him look like the shipping guy at the company picnic who sits at whatever table is farthest away from management. To the current generation of musicians, guys like this are part of the problem, refusing to buzz off and take their dusty blues fetishes with them, and so you kiddies would seem forever doomed to putting up with these albums. Fact is, Deep Purple never would have become arena-filling dinosaurs if they’d had the same challenges as bands of today; it would have been like if nobody wanted to listen to anything but Benny Goodman in 1968. I dunno, maybe you kids need more drugs. But drugs are not at issue here, music is, and I can say with at least some enthusiasm that this isn’t bad at all for what it is. Lots of chill, some one-drop reggae ideas similar to Super Heavy, a lot of cool stuff, actually, including a visit from the main guys from Nazareth and Mickey Lee Soule, who played with the band Elf (don’t even ask). A —Eric W. Saeger






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