Whoosh!
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Studio album by
Released7 August 2020
StudioThe Tracking Room (Nashville)
Noble Street Studios (Toronto)
Anarchy Studios (Nashville)
Henson Recording Studios (Hollywood)
Ocean Way (Nashville)
Length51:38
LabelearMUSIC
ProducerBob Ezrin
Deep Purple chronology
Infinite
(2017)
Whoosh!
(2020)
Singles from Whoosh!
  1. "Throw My Bones"
    Released: 20 March 2020[1]
  2. "Man Alive"
    Released: 30 April 2020[2]
  3. "Nothing at All"
    Released: 10 July 2020[3]

Whoosh! is the twenty-first studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released on 7 August 2020.[4][5]

Background

The group collaborated with producer Bob Ezrin, who had also worked for their previous two albums. They enjoyed the recording and production. Its release was promoted by a series of press statements from singer Ian Gillan, such as "Another album?! Whoosh?!! Gordon Bennett!!!".[6] He explained the album's title was chosen for its onomatopoeic qualities, and "when viewed through one end of a radio-telescope, describes the transient nature of humanity on Earth".[7] He also said fans should simply listen to the album as an enjoyable experience.[7]

The album was originally set to be released on 12 June 2020, but was later postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] Gillan said this was because distribution lines for physical media should wait until lockdowns eased and restrictions lifted.[6]

Three songs from the album were released as digital singles, beginning with "Throw My Bones".[1]

The instrumental "And the Address" first appeared as the opening track on the band's 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple. The only musician to feature on both recordings was drummer Ian Paice.[9]

Reception

The album received generally favourable reviews.[10] Several publications noticed the album contained relatively short tracks and praised the economical songwriting style.[11][9] A review in NME said the album sounded nothing like contemporary music of 2020, but suggested that "maybe that's a good thing".[7]

With a peak position of number 4, it was the band's highest-charting studio album in the United Kingdom for 46 years.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
Classic Rock Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]
Blabbermouth.net9/10 stars[12]
NME3/5 stars[7]
The Times2/5 stars[13]
RIFF Magazine8/10 stars[14]
BraveWords8.5/10 stars[15]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Deep Purple and Bob Ezrin except where noted.

Whoosh! track listing[16]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Throw My Bones" 3:38
2."Drop the Weapon" 4:23
3."We're All the Same in the Dark" 3:44
4."Nothing at All" 4:42
5."No Need to Shout" 3:30
6."Step by Step" 3:34
7."What the What" 3:32
8."The Long Way Round" 5:39
9."The Power of the Moon" 4:08
10."Remission Possible" (instrumental) 1:38
11."Man Alive" 5:35
12."And the Address" (instrumental)Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord3:35
13."Dancing in My Sleep" (Bonus Track) 3:51
Total length:51:38
Bonus tracks on MSH edition
No.TitleLength
14."Uncommon Man" (Live in Rio 2017)6:57
15."Knocking at Your Back Door" (Live in Rio 2017)5:49
16."Black Night" (Live in Rio 2017)8:14

Personnel

All information from the album booklet.[16]

Deep Purple

Additional musicians

  • Saam Hashemi – programming on "Dancing in My Sleep"
  • Ayana George – backing vocals on "No Need to Shout"
  • Tiffany Palmer – backing vocals on "No Need to Shout"

Production

  • Bob Ezrin – producer, mixing, percussion, backing vocals
  • Justin Cortelyou – mixing, tracking
  • Jason Elliott – mixing
  • Justin Francis – mixing
  • Julian Shank – engineer, mixing
  • Bryce Robertson – tracking assistant
  • Alex Krotz – engineer
  • Jaime Sickora – engineer
  • Zach Pepe – engineer assistant
  • Eric Boulanger – mastering
  • John Metcalf – orchestra arrangements on "Man Alive"
  • Alan Umstead – conductor on "Man Alive"
  • Nick Spezia – orchestra recording on "Man Alive"
  • Ben Wolf – band photography
  • Elena Saharova – landscape photography
  • Jekyll & Hyde – cover art, design

Charts

Chart performance for Whoosh!
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17]13
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18]1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19]7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20]1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[21]2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22]8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23]7
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24]1
French Albums (SNEP)[25]8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26]1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[27]2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28]6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29]3
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[30]2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[31]26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32]1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33]16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34]3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35]1
UK Albums (OCC)[36]4
US Billboard 200[37]161
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[38]20
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[39]4
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[40]11

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