"Quid Pro Quo" (Eagle Rock; 2011)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You'd expect any band releasing their 29th (29th!) album to be a little tired, but Status Quo is here to show you that, nearly thirty albums in, they've got all the energy and rock'n'roll fire of newcomers.

"Quid Pro Quo" is fifteen tracks of driving classic rock that has a delicious vintage tinge to it but that never stops rocking from beginning to end. The songs here are instantly addicting - you'll be humming their melodies after just the first spin. The thing about Status Quo is that the songs are upbeat, sometimes even (gasp!) happy! It's kinda like Deep Purple recorded The Beach Boys (which is a pretty unfair comparison considering the Status Quo has probably been around at least as long as Deep Purple).

There isn't a bad song on the CD, though the highlights are probably "Two Way Traffic," "Let's Rock" and the hard-driving "Movin' On." Also featured is a re-recorded version of the band's classic "In the Army," which was released as a charity single some time ago. How does it compare to the original? Well, embarrassingly, I can't tell you because I don't recall the original. This one sounds pretty good, though, if perhaps a little theatrical.

"Quid Pro Quo" has that rare ability to sound classic and contemporary at once and, as such, is a surprisingly solid album from a veteran act who show no signs of slowing down.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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