The muscular, riff-dominated track "Hit and Run" serves as a fine introduction to Magnum's primary creative team: songwriter/guitarist Tony Clarkin and lead singer Bob Catley. This band's take on AOR manages to flaunt equal parts toughness and sensitivity, which has always proven to be a difficult balance for arena rock outfits to strike. But particularly in this case, Catley's clear-voiced approach combines with the band's driving attack to create a genuinely enjoyable AC/DC-meets-Foreigner vibe. Of course, Magnum later had its moments of late-'80s hair metal resemblance that many of the band's fans would probably like to forget. But during the group's first few years of existence, perhaps especially the creative period that spawned the well-regarded 1983 album on which this track appears, The Eleventh Hour, Magnum was a band almost utterly unique in its embrace of a progressive rock-tinged sense of wonder along with a raging desire to rock out. Ultimately, this doesn't completely distinguish the band from such well-known American counterparts as Journey and Night Ranger. Nevertheless, British artists have always added a special flair to the otherwise familiar, which is certainly the case here and throughout Magnum's rich catalogue.
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