Grab It for a Second

Grab It for a Second

by Golden Earring
     
 
On Grab It for a Second, Golden Earring continued in the straightforward hard rock direction they started with 1977's Contraband. They also went for a more radio-friendly sound by teaming up with producer Jimmy Iovine, who polished their sound to a new level of

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On Grab It for a Second, Golden Earring continued in the straightforward hard rock direction they started with 1977's Contraband. They also went for a more radio-friendly sound by teaming up with producer Jimmy Iovine, who polished their sound to a new level of slickness and also fleshed out the group's sound with session musicians like percussionist Jimmy Maelen. The result is an album that rocks hard, but loses sight of the band's personality. Much of Grab It for a Minute feels like an attempt to compete with the likes of Bad Company or Aerosmith: rockers like "Roxanne" and "Tempting" crackle with energy but feel like they could have been performed by any second-tier hard rock band of the 1970s. The hard-rocking numbers are further hindered by Jimmy Iovine's overtly slick production, which causes them to sound so similar to each other that they end up blending together into an indistinguishable blur. The one rocker that stands out from this pack is "Leather," a cheeky ode to sadomasochism built on a distinctive and powerful dual-guitar riff. Other highlights include "Against the Grain," a synthesizer-drenched power ballad that sports a memorable singalong chorus, and the title track, a steam and intense rocker that sports some of the album's most intricate guitar riffs and is further enhanced by the addition of congas on its instrumental breaks. Despite these occasional high points, Grab It for a Second is too faceless of an affair to win Golden Earring any new fans and is only recommended to the group's most fervent devotees.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
Label:
Imports
UPC:
8712944662115
catalogNumber:
1197157
Rank:
50960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Golden Earring   Primary Artist
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Tony Britnel   Saxophone
Eelco Gelling   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Rinus Gerritsen   Bass,Keyboards
Lani Groves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Barry Hay   Flute,Vocals
George Kooymans   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Jan Stips   Keyboards
John Zangrando   Saxophone
Cesar Zuiderwijk   Drums
Kevin Nance   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kenny Ascher   String Arrangements
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Ernst Thormahlen   Illustrations

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