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Holy Water

1 rating: -3.0
An album by Bad Company
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A Far Cry From Vintage Bad Company

  • Mar 28, 2003
Comparing Paul Rodgers era Bad Company to post Rodgers Bad Company would be like comparing a good quality steak in a reputable restaurant to the cheap meat you would get at a low grade fast food restaurant. In other words, there is nothing like the real thing.

Listening to this Holy Water recording is truly a chore and at times excruciating. Technically the lead vocalist, Brian Howe is not a bad singer. He stays on key and you certainly can here him loud and clear. However the man hardly varies his style over the first twelve songs of this recording. Constant high pitched siren like vocals with little variation of tone can really grate on the nerves. By the sixth song I am saying to myself, "Someone please call 911 to remove Mr. Howe from behind the microphone." Maybe someone actually listened to my advise on the 13th track as Simon Kirke's lead vocal is so much better as he actually sings the otherwise mediocre 100 Miles as opposed to Siren Man's constant overpowering screams.

Besides the grating vocal performance, the overall arrangements are a constant bore. Heavy handed guitar riffs delivered with minimal passion. One solo sounds like the next. Ordinary drumming with little in the order of drive or special effects. The background vocals also are stuck in the same rut as Howe's siren.

What is most annoying of all about this recording is the total lack of originality of the performance. The music sounds like a cross between Survivor and Foreigner with a little bit of an edge. This is not a good thing as the two previously mentioned bands offered a nothing special style. The Original Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers was certainly not the most diverse band on the planet. But in those days at least that Bad Company had the good sense to emphasize Paul Rodgers colorful vocals and threw in a few varying tones on the guitars and keyboards to make the listening experience enjoyable.

Anyway, I would avoid this recording at all costs. The title track is a pretty good song and that Stranger Stranger tune seems to have a semi memorable chorus in spite of the annoying synthesizer effect. However, two maybe three pretty good tunes out of thirteen reflects a .230 average. That is bad for baseball, horrible for basketball, and unacceptable for a music CD.

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Holy Water
Label: Atlantic, Wea
Artist: Bad Company
Release Date: May 31, 1990

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