Status Quo - In Search Of The Fourth Chord

Status Quo – In Search Of The Fourth Chord


Still going strong after 46 years, and to be honest this is the best I’ve heard Status Quo sound in many years.

Written by: Dangerzone

ARTIST: Status Quo
ALBUM: In Search Of The Fourth Chord
LABEL: Fourth Chord Records
YEAR: 2007
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List

LINEUP: Francis Rossi – vocals, guitars * Rick Parfitt – guitars, vocals * Andy Bown – keyboards, guitars * John Edwards – bass * Matt Letley – drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beginning Of The End * 02 Alright * 03 Pennsylvania Blues Tonight * 04 I Don’t Wanna Hurt You Anymore * 05 Electric Arena * 06 Gravy Train * 07 Figure Of Eight * 08 You’re The One For Me * 09 My Little Heartbreaker *10 Hold Me * 11 Saddling Up * 12 Bad News * 13 Tongue Tied * 14 I Ain’t Wasting My Time

RATING: 90/100



Still going strong after 46 years, and to be honest this is the best I’ve heard Status Quo sound in many years. Any fan of the perennial British boogie legends will remember just how dire some of Quo’s 80’s and 90’s recordings were, particularly the horrific ‘Thirsty Work’ of 1994, which showed just how far removed the lads had become from their foot stomping heyday.

Rossi and Parfitt have gone some way to readressing the balance with ‘Fourth Chord’, even acknowledging that they will probably never discover that elusive fourth chord on the albums title!

The Songs

I’m sure there’s still die-hards out there still expecting Status Quo to reclaim past glories circa 1974, much like I still expect Iron Maiden to do the same circa 1982 (or like I do with Coventry City circa 1987 Ed!). Foolish to expect, but Quo deliver plenty of old time boogie here, and I challenge anyone not to believe ‘I Don’t Wanna Hurt You Anymore’ couldn’t be a leftover from ‘Piledriver’. The riff has the classic Quo boogie vibe, and this is as good as it gets.

‘Beginning Of The End’ is another hefty rocker, as is ‘Alright’, which should have boogie fans rejoicing in the wake of the three chord assault. ‘Electric Arena’ is suspect pop with a blues edge, but for every one of these there’s a ‘Figure Of Eight’ or ‘You’re The One For Me’, both raising the roof as only Quo can do.

The single riff running through ‘My Little Heartbreaker’ is etched in 1970 values, and this is bloody vintage stuff. AC/DC haven’t written anything in nearly a decade, and with Status Quo pumping out boogie like ‘Hold Me’ they aren’t missed. Nobody does it like this anymore. ‘Bad News’ is another exceptional workout, (with Edwards on vocals) which should get the heads banging, but as if to flesh out the large quantity of rockers, two ballads end the album, ‘Tongue Tied’ and ‘One By One’, the latter slightly psychedelic, almost a nod to the 1967 debut.

In Summary

Status Quo will be an institution forever, and have really made up for past discrepancies with the strength of the material here. Even at this stage of their career they can still rock up a storm as if ‘Down, Down’ was just yesterday.

In all honesty I haven’t heard a pure boogie album as strong as this in many years, and it’s only the veterans who can really pull it off convincingly, Parfitt and Rossi still understanding the value of a simple riff. Even if you’ve heard it all before, how can you ever grow tired of it? Lovely stuff.


Beginning Of The End

STATUS QUO "Beginning Of The End" (Official Video) from IN SEARCH OF THE FOURTH CHORD

I Don’t Wanna Hurt You Anymore
I Don't Wanna Hurt You Anymore

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