RICK PARFITT – Over and Out
There is a haunting and melancholy quality to tracks like "Lonesome Road" and "Long Distance Love" while uptempo rockers such as "Twinkletoes" (featuring Brian May of Queen fame) and "Fight for Every Heartbeat" are thrilling and riveting pieces that are impossible to shake. The title track is quite introspective and thought-provoking from a lyrical point of view while "Halloween" is an entertaining ride that will bring a smile to your face. Roughly half the album is reminiscent of Status Quo whereas the remaining five compositions display Parfitt’s knack for writing amazing pop-like songs with irresistible hooks and amazing vocal melodies to them. In that sense, "Over and Out" is a diverse affair that shows just how talented and magnificent Parfitt was as a songwriter. Although immediately catchy and accessible, the tunes possess a suitable amount of layers and nuances to warrant repeated listens. The interplay between Parfitt and his fellow musicians is stunning and reveal a deep-seated love and appreciation for the song material. One can tell that these guys put their heart and soul into these songs; the album oozes musical class all the way through.
It is hard to fathom that "Over and Out" was written and recorded in the last six months of Rick’s life in that it sounds incredibly vital, vigorous, inspired, and utterly confident. It breaks my heart that he never got to hear the finished thing. Like I said earlier on, this one is a true gem that one can keep returning to over and over again. It is full of spirit and it rocks, but it does so much more than that.