"Down to Earth" is probably Rainbow's most controversial album, and for only one reason: it was the first without founding vocalist Ronnie James Dio. People who don't like the album - for the most part - just can't let go of Ronnie. He was replaced by Graham Bonnet and his unbelievable vocal pipes. Some people like Bonnet, others don't, but after Rainbow introduced him to the hard rock world, he went on to perform with such hard rock royalty as Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Chris Impelliteri and others. And for me, Bonnet makes the album. He's got the craziest set of vocal chords you've ever heard, and I've since gone around collecting everything he's ever recorded (this was his only album with Rainbow). But the rest of the album is equally excellent: it's got great melodies, clean production, and excellent musicianship. Some of the lyrics seem written by a hormone-crazed school boy, it's true, but a small weakness for eight solid, hard rock songs. Down to Earth is more consistent than the first three Rainbow albums, less commercial than the final three. Had this been Rainbow's debut, or the debut by another band, it would have received kudos all around.