FOREIGNER

(UNITED STATES)

HEAD GAMES

(1979)
LABEL:

ATLANTIC RECORDS

GENRE:

A.O.R.

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"With this "Head Games", Foreigner definitively imposes itself as one of the undeniable leaders of the FM Rock !"
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For its third opus, Foreigner sees its line-up modified for the first time, Rick Wills taking the place of Ed Gagliardi on bass. Another change and not the least, the band does not appear anymore on the cover of this "Head Games", leaving the place to a young girl (the actress Lisanne Falk).

"Head Games" is the occasion for Foreigner to beef up their music a bit more. The folk-rock elements which were already in retreat on "Double Vision", are only present here on "Do What You Like". This last one being one of the weakest tracks of the album, there won't be many people to complain about it, especially since the rest is of a level that continues to rise. Carried by a Lou Gramm who takes more and more importance and by the unstoppable melodies of Mick Jones, this "Head Games" sees the identity of Foreigner asserting itself. The keyboards take a little more importance on some nuggets of a never mawkish AOR ("Love On The Telephone", "Rev On The Red Line"). The eponymous title is a new anthem of the genre absolutely unavoidable.

Foreigner does not forget either that even if it is FM, its Rock is above all Hard! The introductive "Dirty White Boy", a little bit below "Hot Blooded", will not fail to squat the radio waves in its turn. On the other hand, if "Women" does not exceed the level of a good US Rock with its henceforth classic lyrics a bit macho, "Seventeen" is as for him much more scathing and effective. Finally, although more FM, "I'll Get Even With You" is no less catchy. It's a pity that Mick Jones tries to sing on "The Modern Day" which doesn't bring anything, and that the ballad "Blinded By Science" is too full of good feelings in spite of Gramm's mastery demonstration. Without this, we were not far from an album bordering on perfection.

With this "Head Games", Foreigner definitively imposes itself as one of the undeniables leaders of the A.O.R. alongside Journey. In 3 albums, Jones and Gramm installed their group on the tops of the Rock while creating a new branch of it, and if its two predecessors were already impossible to essentials, "Head Games" confirms the rise in power of its authors.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Dirty White Boy - 3:39
02. Love On The Telephone - 3:18
03. Women - 3:24
04. I'll Get Even With You - 3:40
05. Seventeen - 4:35
06. Head Games - 3:38
07. The Modern Day - 3:26
08. Blinded By Science - 4:56
09. Do What You Like - 3:59
10. Rev On The Red Line - 3:42
11. Zalia [Bonus Track] - 2:34

LINEUP:
Al Greenwood: Claviers
Dennis Elliott: Batterie
Ian Mcdonald: Guitares / Claviers
Lou Gramm: Chant
Mick Jones: Chant / Guitares / Piano
Rick Wills: Basse
   
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