Rolling Stone - p.744 stars out of 5
-- "The title blast, the hit single 'The Boys Are Back in Town' and the riff-warrior battle 'Emerald' are Lynott and Lizzy at their swaggering peak..."
Spin - p.80
"[F]rontman Phil Lynott was a nonpareil figure...delivering dexterous Allman Brothers guitar harmonies with Kiss-like swagger."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.963 stars out of 5
-- "JAILBREAK broke the band internationally and, as such, is packed with classics..."
Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott (vocals, bass); Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson (guitar); Brian Downey (drums).
Personnel: Phil Lynott (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson (guitar); Brian Downey (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Ramport Studios.
Thin Lizzy were not true heavy metal perpetrators; more accurately, out-and-out rockers with a feeling for pop. The late Phil Lynott has a growing core of younger fans, as word is passed down that even though he had his demons he was an outstanding performer. This is their best studio album and it contains two classics; "The Boys Are Back In Town" and the title track. Both spit and crackle, bass and lead guitar burst out of the speaker at loud volume, and throughout, the gentle, laconic voice of Lynott delivers his poetry. Don't allow his death to see Thin Lizzy fade from the memory.