A2 82299 Unusual Heat
Produced by Terry Thomas and Mick Jones
Released on June 17, 1991
US CHART POSITION #117 . . . GOLD RECORD (10/17/01) . . . UK CHART POSITION #56
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T he satyr is stomping mad, lamenting his lost gramm, but he’s always been a hot-blooded creature. Me, I could see myself warming up to Unusual Heat after a while. Unfortunately, the band that kickstarted the tail end of the ‘70s and defined the ‘80s was left out in the cold as the ‘90s rolled around. The natural response for bands like this (Bad Company, Cheap Trick) was to grab some respect by rocking as hard as the young turks they inspired. So Mick Jones dusts off his axe (“No Hiding Place,” “Moment of Truth”), new vocalist Johnny Edwards gives it everything he’s got, and co-producer Terry Thomas tosses his dice into the fire as a third creative foil. Unusual Heat rocks harder than their last few albums, but it’s a coolly contained energy, a formula for fire that lacks the incendiary power of the real thing. Before you blame Edwards, Jones or even Thomas, I’d point the finger at the predictable rhythm section. Dennis Elliott slips loose of the two-four collar on occasion, but Rick Wills is almost a nonentity on bass. So off they come from the assembly line (seemingly), stamped and similar songs created by the same company and wrapped in the same package. Edwards sings at full throttle as if every song might be their best, the arrangements slip from nasty guitar riffs to radio-friendly choruses, and you realize that Foreigner (like most of us) can never go home again. Yet Unusual Heat gets a cooler reception than it deserves: “Lowdown And Dirty,” “Moment of Truth,” “No Hiding Place” and “Unusual Heat” are as good as you could expect from Foreigner at this stage, with or without Lou Gramm. Given that critics found Lou Gramm’s return for Mr. Moonlight less than luminous, those who blinked at Unusual Heat needn’t have.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS    4:47
  2. LOWDOWN AND DIRTY    4:21
  3. I'LL FIGHT FOR YOU    6:02
  4. MOMENT OF TRUTH    4:25
  5. MOUNTAIN OF LOVE    4:37
  6. READY FOR THE RAIN    (Johnny Edwards/J. Northrup/Mick Jones/Terry Thomas)    5:02
  7. WHEN THE NIGHT COMES DOWN    4:43
  8. SAFE IN MY HEART    (Mick Jones)    4:32
  9. NO HIDING PLACE    3:55
  10. FLESH WOUND    4:17
  11. UNUSUAL HEAT    4:32

    All songs written by Mick Jones/Johnny Edwards/Terry Thomas unless noted

CREDITS

JOHNNY EDWARDS -- lead vocals, background vocals, lead guitar (5)
DENNIS ELLIOTT -- drums
MICK JONES -- lead guitars, guitars, keyboards, background vocals, mixing
RICK WILLS -- bass, background vocals
Tony Beard -- electronic percussion
Angela Cappelli -- background vocals
Rachele Cappelli -- background vocals
Richard Cottle -- keyboards
Lani Groves -- background vocals
Felix Krish -- additional bass
Ian Lloyd -- background vocals
Tommy Mandel -- keyboards
Mark Rivera -- background vocals
Terry Thomas -- keyboards, background vocals, additional guitar, mixing
Vaneese Thomas -- background vocals
Rafe McKenna -- engineer, mixing
Andrew Scarth -- engineer, mixing
Reiner Design Consultants, Inc. -- art direction
Timothy White -- photography
Bob Defrin -- art direction for band photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 17, 1991 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 82299 lyric sleeve
UK June 1991 Atlantic LP WX 424 lyric sleeve
UK/GER/NET June 1991 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 78 2299 lyric sleeve

 

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