[Nupe The Ripper] Wednesday, March 09, 2011 4:33:21 PM
Neither of them are crap. I have both of these on CD and vinyl and have listened to them about three to four times during the past two weeks (just like every other Priest album I own), so I know what I'm talking about.
PoE has it's moments with Heading Out to the Highway, Hot Rockin', Don't Go and Desert Plains, although it does also have not-so-good tracks like You Say Yes and Turning Circles. The album is much lighter than most other Priest albums but that's why I love the band; they've got so much variety, and this album in particular is for the feel-good moments.
I have more mixed feelings about Turbo. My other musical passion along with metal & rock is 80s pop (a weird combination, I know). So at the first glance, a combination of two of my favorite styles doesn't sound bad. I've always liked Turbo Lover - it was one of the songs that hooked me with the band. Out in the Cold is one of the best power ballads I've heard (I have a soft spot to power ballads, to be honest) and Reckless is a great hard rocker - although a bit out of it's place among the other, more synth-driven tracks. Again, there's some feel-good songs like Locked In, Parental Guidance, Rock You All Around the World and Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days, all of them great party songs. Private Property and Hot for Love try to be more serious but can't quite get there with all the synths, and are probably the weakest tracks on the album (although I love the solo in Hot for Love). Conclusion: I like the album, but it's not so much Priest as other albums. But I still listen to it regularly.