Foreigner – Double Vision

ARTIST: Foreigner                     220px-Foreigner_-_Double_Vision

TITLE:  Double Vision

YEAR RELEASED: 1978

CHART ACTION: #3 US, #32 UK

SINGLES: Hot Blooded (#3 US, #42 UK), Double Vision (#2 US), Blue Morning, Blue Day (#15 US, #45 UK), Love Has Taken Its Toll

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you have it

LINEUP: Lou Gramm, Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood, Ed Gagliardi, Dennis Elliott

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album cements the band as the epitome of AOR.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Foreigner’s second album is again top heavy, with the radio cuts overshadowing anything else. The title cut is probably their best work, with a killer guitar riff and some interesting vocals and bridges. “Hot Blooded” is a perfect summer radio song.

The rest of the cuts aren’t that bad. A couple are exile worthy – when they do ballads, they really turn up the schmaltz.  Mick Jones also sings a couple of tracks instead of Gramm. Not great.

There are a couple of tracks here that aren’t hits that are worth keeping. Just pick and choose.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This has sold 7 million copies here in the US.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of live cuts.

GRADE: B-: A few exiled. It does have “Double Vision”, which is a plus, outweighing the icky ballads.

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