UFO - Sharks
UFO is back. The band released their first album in 1970 and achieved commercial success after recruiting Michael Schenker from Scorpions. In the 70's UFO wrote some classic albums like "Lights Out" and the live album "Strangers in the Night". The members strong personalities caused a lot of problems and the successful line-up disbanded only to be reunited on the comeback album "Walk on Water" from 1997. This re-union was not unproblematic, but despite all the internal problems original members Phil Mogg and Pete Way got together with the virtuoso Michael Schenker to create another UFO album. Like the last album "Covenant" Aynsley Dunbar (ex. David Bowie, Whitesnake among others) is playing drums.

Somehow there is a special atmosphere, when Mogg, Way and Schenker enter the studio as UFO They even managed to write a new classic UFO song called "Serenity". That song has all the classic UFO elements including the fantastic melodic guitar playing by Schenker. "Outlaw Man" opens the album with a cool slide riff and the swinging Rocker is among the best tracks on the album. Other highlights include the groovy Boogie track "Someone's Gotta have to Pay", which shows no signs of retirement after playing Rock ´n´ Roll in more that 30 years.

"Sea of Faith" has a funky clean guitar doubled by an electric riff from Schenker. A favorite of mine. Most songs have a great groove like "Fighting Man", which is a guitar driven rocker. The album is varied and ends with some more song-oriented songs "Perfect View" and "Crossing Over", which are also brilliant songs.

If you are not familiar with U.F.O (shame on you) then it takes a little while to get used to Phil Mogg's voice. However along with Schenker's guitar playing Phil Mogg voice is the unmistakable characteristics of UFO Pete Way and Aynsley Dunbar provides a tight Rhythm section that is better playing in sleep than most of the NU-metal bands today.

Overall the album does not give the fans a new "Doctor Doctor" but this is a solid collection of songs that U.F.O can be proud of and "Sharks" proves UFO's justification in their forth decade as band. First-class.

Lookout for a Phil Mogg interview next week.

Written by Michael
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
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Comment by Batttttty (Anonymous) - Friday, August 23, 2002
Great to see them still kickin assssssssssss.
Check http://www.strangers-in-the-night.com for more Sharks reviews


Comment by Skidder (Anonymous) - Saturday, August 24, 2002
If Battttty's copy rawwwks, I can't wait to get mine! UFO RULEZ!


Comment by Cork (Anonymous) - Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Always thought UFO was one of the most under rated bands of all time! ALWAYS been one of my favorites though.


Comment by Scott (Anonymous) - Thursday, May 9, 2002
The best hard rock group ever. The classic line up of Mogg, Schenker and Way. This is a great album!


Comment by RITCHIE B (Anonymous) - Monday, September 9, 2002
ANOTHER MASTERPIECE FROM UFO. CANT WAIT TO HEAR THE NEW STUFF LIVE ALONG WITH ALL THE OLD FAVES.


Comment by FRANK (Anonymous) - Wednesday, October 9, 2002
I FIRST SAW U.F.O. ON THE "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT" TOUR AND HAVE BEEN A HUGE FAN EVER SINCE. HEARD SOUND BITES OFF "SHARKS" AND I AM GLAD FOR NEW MATERIAL. SHARKS IS NO "WALK ON WATER" OR "COVENANT"...BUT IT ROCKS JUST THE SAME!


Comment by raaz (Anonymous) - Friday, September 20, 2002
UFO still rockin'

first saw them in 76, 'bout time they got some real credit for their work, not just from us die hard fans.


Comment by Wizarium (Anonymous) - Monday, October 14, 2002
Sorry... I mean OOFO is just really one of -THE- greatest song writing and live acts of our generation, but I just absolutely miss Paul Raymond's input. I just can't stand the empty spaces in the songs where he should be... it would be the same as trying to stomache a Pink Floyd tune without Rick Wright to give it that spacious feeling. Mogg - classic rock front man. No one kicks his ass. Way - just what any hard rock act could dream of for a solid bass player. Never over plays, never under plays. An even better presence onstage (seen UFO about 8 times). Schenky... good grief, what could I add to what's already been said about the Guitar God of multiple decades. Dunbar - accomplished percussionist, to be sure... but Andy is UFO, and I'm sure Andy would be preferred by the boyz if he made himself available.

If there's a God, please let him patch up shiz between Raymond and the band... I crave a REAL follow-up album to Walk On Water, the most complete and mature UFO album one could have hoped for after 20+ years. I'll listen to Sharks, but those empty spaces will haunt me... all my best to you all!

- Keith


Comment by Tom (Anonymous) - Thursday, April 11, 2002
I really like the Michael Schenker leads on this effort. Very heavy, similar to the "Force It" era. Just a great record overall. 8.5


Comment by crowman (Anonymous) - Wednesday, December 11, 2002
This is a breath of fresh air.Hard and heavy rock of the highest order.Bands don`t sound this good anymore.


Comment by Ramón (Anonymous) - Tuesday, February 12, 2002
I´m a fan, but not a deaf/blind fanatic. Very poor album. The old magic don´t come again.


Comment by Jazeem (Anonymous) - Friday, December 20, 2002
Another pretty good album,from the first true hard rock band!!! I still miss the early years....



Comment by i.Ron S. (Anonymous) - Sunday, May 11, 2003
This is again a great album. They still Rock!!


Comment by Greg Durbon (Anonymous) - Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Sharks is brilliant and in the class of the great "Force It" and "Obsession" albums. Bursting with supreme power and melody, this album, along with Walk on Water and Mogg/Way's Chocolate Box show how incredible and unique UFO truly are.Long live UFO


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Tracklisting
01- Outlaw Man
02- Quicksilver Rider
03- Serenity
04- Dead Man Walking
05- Shadow Dancer
06- Someone's Gotta Have To Pay
07- Sea of Faith
08- Fighting Man
09- Perfect View
10- Crossing Over
11- Hawaii


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Related links
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UFO - Official Website

Other articles
Interview with UFO vocalist Phil Mogg - (Michael)

You are Here - (Michael)

Showtime - (Michael)

Walk on Water - (Michael)

The Monkey Puzzle - (Michael)

Phenomenon/Force it/No Heavy Petting - (Michael)

Obsession - (Michael)

No Place to Run / The Wild The Willing and The Innocent - (Michael)

UFO 1 - (Brian)

Making Contact, Headstone & Misdemeanor - (Michael)



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