This album is fucking epic.
I really hope this album is a huge hit. Deep Purple deserve to be the band to save mainstream music. I’m sick of shitty music being popular. Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, Beyonce, Kanye West, Lil Wayne….none of these artists deserve the spotlight. It is sacrilegious to even mention such artists when we’re talking about such a prolific, legendary band. But I honestly think this album has potential to completely turn everything around….if enough people listen. I bring these artists up to display the standard people are holding music to…vs the heights musicians can attain when they’re both virtuosic and impassioned. Deep Purple “Now What?!” should redefine the game, as the band have many times in their career. Music has arguably never needed a reboot moreso than now. And this album would be the perfect catalyst.
It is my hope that this album, coming from such a notable band of rocks history, will have the hype behind it to re-capture the imaginations of the masses and bring GOOD MUSIC back into the mainstream. A fool can dream, right?
If this album is a huge hit, and it very well should be, it would set a new precedent for what rock bands attempt to tackle in their studio albums. This album would raise standards….if the masses have the attention span to sit through it. “Why does the second track sound so stylistically different than the first track? I’m going back to LMFAO, this is making me think too much!”
Make no mistake, Deep Purple are very much taking everyone to school with this album. Each track is so dynamic, yet a perfect continuation of the song before it. I’d really love this album to help revitalize music in the mainstream. The bar needs to be raised. Rock music needs to reign supreme again. Enough cookie-cutter, generic tripe dominating the charts…..THIS is the kind of music that should be #1 for weeks on end. The playing and composition is so masterful.
Just compare “Hell to Pay” radio edit vs the track that’s on the album. There’s a HUGE difference what an extra minute or two does to a track. There should have never been a “radio edit.” People should have the attention span to listen to the full track, because it benefits so much from that extra organ solo. It’s absurd bands have to dumb down their product to mass-market them; peoples standards in music are far too low. And that’s why I keep emphasizing how much I want this album to be a huge success – because it is certainly catchy enough to capture the interest of the general public…but Purple have always kind of flown under the radar, living in the shadow of bands like the over-hyped and comparatively lackluster and bloated Led Zeppelin. If you ask me, “Now What?!” blows away everything Zeppelin have ever composed / stolen…
Seriously, this album fires on all cylinders. Immense musical dynamics are on display in every track. Every single note sounds so calculated and precise, yet completely organic and natural. This is what musical genius sounds like.
Now What?! perfectly captures the spirit of inventiveness and virtuosity of the 70’s, including the psychedelic, but it executes this spirit with a mature and masterful touch none of the young bands of that time had quite reached. These are seasoned veterans trying to push their own boundaries while paying homage to their storied history, and it blends perfectly into one of the strongest albums a band in their “twilight” years has ever released. This is their 19th album, and it stands right up there with their old works.
The musicianship is top-notch, the band sounds gracefully aged, and Bob Ezrins production gives everything a crisp, rich timber. Really hope he sticks around for a few more albums, they sound so inspired on “Now What?!” and Ezrin perfectly captures their passion with his mastering. Ian Gillan notably sounds better than he has in years, utilizing his full range and singing some very memorable vocal hooks, sure to hook in even casual music listeners.
The band isn’t following any particular formula, but for die-hard Purple fans, they’re really paying a natural, non-forced homage to a lot of different styles they’ve touched upon over their illustrious career. The first few tracks could be said to be the “Perfect Strangers” of Mark 8. But the album is so diverse, it changes with each track and perfectly flows from one song to the next. Each new track sort of carries an element from the track before it, while expanding it into different territory. It’s really one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to, and that’s not just the hash talking.