After failing to answer Capitol Records prayers for another Grand Funk Railroad with its relatively entertaining but commercially bankrupt first and second albums, the power trio known as Bang was summarily given up for dead weight and apparently written out of its label's marketing and budgeting plans, to boot. Actually, you can also throw the A&R department onto that list, since the band's third and final album, 1973's simply named Music, boasted a pretty radical reinvention of the band's sound. Gone were the proto-metal hallmarks of yore, replaced by what can only be deemed as a belated discovery of the Beatles (not impossible, given Bang's youth), and you need not wait long -- track two, in fact, named "Glad You're Home" -- to hear this confirmed directly from the band's lips! "Eleanor Rigby" later haunts the brazenly derivative "Pearl and Her Ladies" but it may just be the Fab Four's main disciples, Badfinger, who carry the greatest influence upon this album (see "Don't Need Nobody," "Must Be Love," etc.), followed closely by the Flamin' Groovies on crunchier guitar numbers like "Windfair" and "Exactly Who I Am." In any case, the bottom line is that Bang's music was clearly headed somewhere new with this LP, and while it obviously lacked originality and even the proper attention to detail at times (the poorly realized "Page of My Life" simply tapers off, seemingly unfinished), overall, Music was anything but embarrassing. Nevertheless, it could not forestall Capitol from dropping Bang from its roster after thoroughly failing to support the album upon release -- that was a fait accompli -- and precipitating the band's breakup as a result, their will to fight another day finally broken by forces beyond their control.
AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia