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Thin Lizzy - Thunder And Lightning review


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Band: Thin Lizzy
Album: Thunder And Lightning
Release date: March 1983

Disc I
01. Thunder And Lightning
02. This Is The One
03. The Sun Goes Down
04. The Holy War
05. Cold Sweat
06. Someday She Is Going To Hit Back
07. Baby Please Don't Go
08. Bad Habits
09. Heart Attack

Disc II [2013 Deluxe-Edition]
01. Angel Of Death [live] [B-side]
02. Don't Believe A Word [live] [B-side]
03. Emerald [Live In Hammersmith '81]
04. Killer On The Loose [Live In Hammersmith '81]
05. The Boys Are Back In Town [Live In Hammersmith '81]
06. Hollywood [Live In Hammersmith '81]
07. The Sun Goes Down [demo]
08. Bad Habits [demo]
09. This Is The One [demo]
10. Thunder And Lightning [demo]
11. Cold Sweet [demo]
12. Baby Please Don't Go [demo]
13. Heart Attack [demo]
14. The Holy War [demo]
15. Someday She's Gonna Hit Back [demo]

"Like Thunder and Lightning, god damn it's so exciting"

The best summation of the album comes from themselves; serving as the final album for Thin Lizzy, it sounds more motivated and full of energy than they had in years. The band found a way to re-invent themselves that sadly we only got to hear on this one release from this version of the band. What a hell of a way to sign off one of the best bands in history; firing on all cylinders, Thin Lizzy ride off into the sunset at full speed and we are left in their dust ruminating what could have been.

Thunder And Lightning is [Band]Thin Lizzy[/band] filtered through metal; if you were to strip these songs to their bare bones (which they do on the demos available on the 2013 re-release, well worth a listen), they are Thin Lizzy songs through and through, though with more emphasis on the rock than on the roll.

John Sykes' skills on guitar are an ingredient that adds an explosive element to the mixture; the band wisely realised what they had in the man and bring in a mix of songs that are written to allow him to take centre stage while also keeping their traditional sound in there. The effects on Lynott's bass serve to give him a sound that supports Sykes perfectly while also slotting in with Downey's drums. Wharton's keyboards are the icing on the cake, sprinkled over the top of the songs to give them that little something extra.

If I had to pick the best songs off the record, "The Sun Goes Down" is a morose, sombre song that would rather fittingly serve as the final single with Lynott at the helm. The keyboards are used to superb effect and along with the bass create an atmospheric soulful tune. "Bad Habits" could swagger with the best of them, and Sykes' skills were funnelled through a track rather than being put front and centre, before being let loose on the solo. Finally, we get to "Cold Sweat", a track that is the opposite to "Bad Habits", with Sykes being front and centre and showing off a guitar solo that would make Eddie Van Halen jealous.

There is little to fault on this record; if I had to find issue with something, it would probably be "Heart Attack". It is not a bad song by any stretch but something has to be the worst track and "Heart Attack" just doesn't click as well as rest of the album does. Still, when this is the worst track of an album, you know the thing is full of quality.

Alas, all good things must come to an end and it is here that the story of Thin Lizzy with Lynott comes to an end. It is the perfect swansong for the band and testament to the talents of the man behind the microphone; it was a shame lightning was not to strike twice but for that brief moment, you get a flash of pure brilliance captured on an album that ranks among the band's best.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Written by omne metallum | 24.04.2020

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This extraordinary heavy metal showdown is a 1983 release, entitled Thunder And Lightning, and constitutes, until now, the last album released by Thin Lizzy. It is also their last album with Phil Lynott before he died in 1986. Musically and emotionally it has a big impact in any Thin Lizzy fan, musically because it's a high quality heavy metal album and emotionally because it's the last album to feature Phil Lynott's legendary voice.

published 23.11.2012 | Comments (2)


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24.04.2020 - 17:13
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Tage Westerlund
IMO their best album
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