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Head Games

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

It’s obvious that Foreigner's two leaders—English guitarist Mick Jones and American vocalist Lou Gramm—shared a love of British Invasion rock ’n’ roll. That was the platform upon which they built a big, American-aggressive FM-radio sound that sold millions of hard rock albums. By this 1979 studio set (their third), Foreigner had honed their monster-riff rock into a kind of high art. Tunes such as “Dirty White Boy” (the album’s biggest hit), the title track, “Women," and “Seventeen” are unmistakably Foreigner. Jones’ simple yet relentless riffing and Gramm’s barrel-chested vocal attack simply dominate your head like they did the airwaves. Yet there are many surprises, such as the Pink Floyd–ish “Blinded by Science,” the pure keyboard-guitar pop of “Modern Day,” and the bouncy “Do What You Like,” which adds some blue-eyed soul into the pop. Roy Thomas Baker coproduced the album, and you can hear stylish bits of his work with The Cars and Queen.

Customer Reviews

The last great original Foreigner record

Then they paired the group down, started adding drum machines, and got commercial, and sappy.

Not as good as some of their others, but still worthy of praise.

It doesn't surprise me much that Head Games wasn't as successful sales-wise as Foreigner and Double Vision, as it doesn't exactly stand out as far as the mood or sound. In other words, it sounds sort of like a thrown together cross between their first two records. In spite of this tendency throughout the album, it still is good in a different way than the previous two records. It is still full of solid album tracks, and a couple of strong singles, but perhaps because of the presence of a couple of obvious fillers, the lack of a standout hit single, and the lack of originality the album failed to generate the rave reviews of the first two Foreigner albums. Here is my song-by-song breakdown of the album:

1. Dirty White Boy. The album's obvious best song. Just a stellar, driving track. The lyrics are also quite funny. 9.5/10

2. Love on the Telephone. A good album track, but not a standout. It sounds a bit too repetitive against some of the band's other desperate pleaing love songs. 8/10.

3. Women. The second standout song on the album. The lyrics are a bit cheesy, but Lou Gramm shows the versatility of his voice, and it is a well written song. 9/10.

4.I'll Get Even With You. The first suspect track. Though it is a decent song, it just doesn't stand out and make itself known. Just Okay. 7.5/10

5. Seventeen. Back on track. A good, solid album track. Love the guitar parts. 9/10.

6. Head Games. The standout ballad on the album. A very catchy song with good keyboard parts, and one of Lou Gramm's best vocal performances. 9.5/10

7. The Modern Day. Falls into the same category as I'll Get Even With You. Just bland, and going through the motions. 7/10.

8. Blinded By Science. The often overlooked gem on the album. A beautiful song with a surprisingly mature and spiritual perspective. Great song.9.5/10.

9. Do What You Like. Another repetitve track. A bit pointless. 7.5/10.

10. Rev on the Red Line. The overlooked rock and roll star on the album. The chorus is very listenable and catchy. The only problem is that it sounds like a beefed up version of Head Games, so I only give it 8.5/10.

11. Zalia. I like the mellow mood of this song, but it is a bit boring. It sounds like it would just put me to sleep. But it is a great song if you want to relax. 8.5/10.

I remember my Brothers

Playing this over and over. Good memories, good tunes.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While quite a few arena rock acts of the '70s found the transformation into the '80s quite difficult, several acts continued to flourish and enjoyed some of their biggest commercial success: Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, and especially Foreigner. Foreigner's leader from the beginning has been British guitarist Mick Jones, who first broke into the music biz as a "hired gun" of sorts, appearing on recordings by George Harrison and Peter Frampton, and as part of a later-day version of hard rockers...
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