OSI - Fire Make Thunder
Illustrious pairing OSI have re-emerged for album number four, and not before time. Fire Make Thunder doesn't deviate wildly from the very successful blueprint of the previous records, an effective combination of simplistic rock songs informed by Kevin Moore's sharp ear for a good melody given balls by Jim Matheos' crunching riffs; once again Gavin Harrison is behind the drums, turning a restrained but perfectly poised turn. Away from their prog mainstays, this is far more accessible, and the lack of pretence ultimately lifts this above a lot of their work outside.
Although Fire Make Thunder goes down a similar road to before, it does fall short of the first two albums. There are no real standout tracks and nothing particularly new; the lack this time of any high-profile guests probably having something to do with that. But conversely, it is a much more consistent record too, all eight tracks enjoyable and flowing to create a pleasant whole. Fire Make Thunder is very much for those already lured by the charms of OSI, as those not convinced by past efforts won't find many revelations here.