I can recall seeing Living Colour on what must have been their first tour of the UK in the late
eighties, supporting Dan Reed Network. Now Dan and his men were shit-hot but Living Colour damn near blew
them away in best time-honoured support-good-as-headliner tradition. Poor Dan.
I bought the band's highly rated second album but in truth never really played it once the initial euphoria wore off.
Now, after a ten year lay-off, the band are back and I sense this new album might similarly be consigned to the "great-when-first-heard, never-listened-to-later category".
You see Living Colour are a fine contemporary funk rock metal band and in a post 9/11 situation they have plenty to say,
always being the more politically aware amongst their peers. But in truth a lot of CollideØscope is recycled classic rock
material with a metal edge. Imagine what Cream would have sounded like with a political conscience and computers and you get Living Colour.
And on the new album this feeling is confirmed by two covers: the classic AC/DC 'Back In Black' and The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows'.
The standout slowie on the album "Flying' also steals Bowie's riff on 'Ashes To Ashes'.
Vernon Reid is already feted as one of the guitar innovators and there are some wonderful off-the-wall sounds on this album.
'Lost Halo', 'Pocket Of Tears' and 'Sacred Ground' are standouts. Metal and hard rock fans should lap this up.