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.