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TNT - 1989 Intuition




ARTIST: TNT
ALBUM: Intuition
LABEL: Vertigo
SERIAL: 836 777-2
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tony Harnell - vocals * Ronni Le Tekro - guitars, 1/4 stepper guitar, lead vocals on 'Ordinary Lover' * Morty Black - bass, pedal synthesizer, fretless bass * Kenneth Odiin - drums, percussion

Guests: Kjetil Bjerkestrand - keyboards * Joe Lynn Turner - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Nation Free (Intro) * 02 Caught Between The Tigers * 03 Tonight I'm Falling * 04 End Of The Line * 05 Intuition * 06 Forever Shine On * 07 Learn To Love * 08 Ordinary Lover * 09 Take Me Down (Fallen Angel) * 10 Wisdom

WEBLINKS: www.tnttheband.com


Background
It's recognised by many hard rock followers that the 1989 calendar year was one out of the bag. Many great albums were released in that period, the list is very strong. In amongst it all was Norway's TNT, with their fabulous 'Intuition' album. This one is slightly different to the two preceding LP's, which ventured down the heavy metal path, though 1987's 'Tell No Tales' was a very flashy affair. I was into the band very early on in their career, and played their 'Knights Of The New Thunder' LP religiously throughout the decade. With this one arriving early in 1989, it was time to feel the excitement once more.


The Songs
The opening 'A Nation Free' is a short vocal driven anthem, leading into the punch-drunk rock of 'Caught Between The Tigers', a pumping affair with numerous highlights akin to melodic jellybeans. The album high-point must surely be the pure delight of 'Tonight I'm Falling', a radio friendly tune that combines light/heavy elements with finesse. 'End Of The Line' demonstrates how good this band are at delivering ballads. Similar to the previous album's 'Childs Play', the combination of Tony Harnell's heartfelt vocal and Ronni's arrangement makes for compelling listening. The band ramp it up for the freeflowing title track 'Intuition'. Play this one loud in the car.. trust me it sounds awesome, especially those pumping bass lines!

We're on the halfway swing into the album, and things are still on the incline. 'Forever Shine On' could be part II of 'Desperate Night' from the previous album, although the chorus here is a bit brighter. 'Learn To Love' is the feelgood anthem on the album, featuring juicy choruses and an allround singalong quality. Let's skip through the short comedic ditty 'Ordinary Lover' and head over to 'Take Me Down (Fallen Angel)', which by now just cements TNT as a quality band delivering quality melodic hard rock. The finale 'Wisdom' operates on unusual time signatures; big vocals from everyone, tasty guitar noodling from Ronni. It's probably the one track which stands out for being unique among the assembled songs on the album.


In Summary
'Intuition' did well in Norway and Sweden, reaching decent positions in their local album charts, while it made a modest appearance on the US charts with 'Tonight I'm Falling' released as the single. The band went out in support of the album across the US as headliners, buoyed by videos for the songs 'Intuition' and 'Tonight I'm Falling'. Years later in 2014, TNT reunited with the original line-up of this album for a 25th 'Intuition' anniversary. The band have restablished themselves once again, with Harnell back in the vocalists spot, having vacated it a decade ago to British singer Tony Mills.


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#1 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 22:39:35
TNT - 1989 Intuition
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btWqY31bixA[/movie]
#2 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 22:41:21
TNT - 1989 Tonight I'm Falling
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeIIYWnhSY4[/movie]
#3 | jefflynnefan on October 01 2015 03:54:29
I've always liked the lead guitar solo in 'Tonight I'm Falling '. Pretty good cd.
#4 | spawn71 on October 03 2015 16:19:48
I'm a TNT fan, but especially a Ronnie Le Tekro fan: also in this record his guitar work is incredible! Totally underrated guitar wizard! Anyway, 'Intuition' is really a great record, a gem from the '80s!
#5 | melodiapositiva on June 19 2016 11:55:35
A nice record, but far from their best effort 'realized fantasies' (no review for this album yet) .
Harnell is a great singer but i think up to this album he screams too much .When i was younger i liked but now i can see his evolution as a singer .He is better now than then, more singing and less screaming.
#6 | Geir on January 14 2017 14:45:16
Saw some footage from the Nidarosdomen cathedral on TV during Christmas and the cover image of this album flashed by ... cool!

'Tell No Tales' remains my favourite TNT moment, but this is excellent, too, certainly in terms of songs that remind you of TNT's occasionally quite singular sound! Thumbs Up

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