(Mu­sic From) The El­der

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This al­bum put the band’s ca­reer in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy as the songs veer into a strange nether­world in which Jethro Tull and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber are a sin­gle en­tity. Drippy lament A World With­out He­roes in­cor­po­rates a rare solo from Stan­ley and is the most fa­mil­iar on of­fer. The el­e­gant 12-string on Just A Boy ably for­ti­fies the mag­nif­i­cent vo­cal, while The Oath gamely builds up a head of steam with an old school riff. Frehley, although rock­ing out dur­ing Dark Light, pro­vides some wretched gui­tar through­out an ex­tended solo that smacks of ap­pease­ment, and his ten­ure was up. Stand­out track: The Oath

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