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Released: November 1987

Rating: 3.875 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: roots rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Snakedance [3:58]
  2. Tornado of Love [4:11]
  3. The Wages of Sin [3:39]
  4. Small Circles [3:27]
  5. No Romance [3:18]
  6. One More Summer [3:30]
  7. The Lakeview Man [2:59]
  8. Rainmaker [4:21]
  9. I Talk with My Hands [6:30]
  10. The Other Side of the World [4:30]

All songs written by Bob Walkenhorst.

Total Running Time: 40:23


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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 116
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Snakedance (11/14/87) #31 AR

The Rainmakers
“The Rainmakers’ second album finds their basic Midwestern rock sounding a little tired, despite more studio polish and Steve Phillips' solid guitar work. While the band sounds more accomplished than on their 1987 debut, Tornado lacks anything as arresting as ‘Rockin' at the T-Dance’ or ‘Let My People Go-Go’ on that album, or ‘Reckoning Day’ on their next one, although Snakedance and Wages of Sin come close. For most of Tornado, Bob Walkenhorst tones down his yelp of indignation, which is both the most distinctive and potentially annoying characteristic of the band's sound. The restrained Small Circles shows how conventional the band could be, suggesting how easily the Rainmakers could have carved out a comfortable career as a standard AOR act. Nice as that track may be, Tornado generally sticks to the Rainmakers' strengths: being wry, provocative, and confrontational. Only the overly long I Talk with My Hands is truly a poor effort, seriously bogging down the album with a misguided attempt at dance-oriented rock. Even when they come up short on melody, though, as on the bland No Romance, Walkenhorst's lyrics usually provide something to listen for. The Rainmakers' next release, The Good News & the Bad News, would offer more of Walkenhorst's outrage, which may have been what Tornado needed to register as one of the band's better efforts” (Gardner).

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previous studio album: The Rainmakers (1987) The Rainmakers’ DMDB page next studio album: The Good News and the Bad News (1989)

Last updated February 4, 2009.