Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Reaction [1972]

Just Like a Rose

Heavy rock doesn’t get any simpler than this, and my liking for the measured riffs on this one and only album is similarly straightforward. Those riffs lift from Black Sabbath, on opener Mistreated, and then there’s even more direct plagiarism of Jethro Tull on third Time. The singing reminds me of Roy Gallagher, especially the Taste period, with fourth The Mask a definite Taste pilfer in most other respects too [though there isn’t the virtuoso guitar] and these and more blatant reference points explain how a German band could sound so English. As Gertrude would say, a template is a template is a template. But it does lack a thorn’s thrust or two.

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