This is the first album from this new band formed by Paul Laine (vocals), Bruno Ravel (co-writer with Laine and bass) and Rob Marcello (guitar) of Danger Danger with drummer Van Romaine. Masterminded by Frontiers Records it's another superb rock album from that stable bringing the best out of musicians we know and love with old skool roots.
The gritty realism of 'Love and Bullets', "Last Kiss' 'We all. Fall down' and 'Runaway' shows this is 80s rock through the perspective of the 90s and the post modern lens. However, the style is all traditional aor and classic, upbeat despite the subject of the songs, masterfully crafted and thoroughly enjoyable and addictive.
"When the lights go down' is a more traditional metal subject...sex ... All done in the best possible taste of course.. With an emphasis on guitar and falsetto harmonies to play out what better way for a guy to impress a girl ....There's plenty of perspective from a mature relationship too and tracks like "Waiting on a Heartache" 'That's when I'll stop loving you' and "Save me Tonight' will please fans of bands like Foreigner and Streets.
However, in general, there's something very youthful in attitude about this release and as far as we are concerned who says anyone has to grow up unless they have to. From that point of view this release and tracks like 'Underneath the Stars' are likely to remind you of your youth and responsibility free times.. What is music if not an escape! 'Little Miss Rock n Roll' is about first love and teen romance and once heard you'll be singing it in your head for weeks. It's carefree and inspirational with great vocals! Probably the best track on the album it has a soulful, almost bluesy vibe, wrapped up in a party metal song ....it even has a reference to 'Naughty Naughty' in tribute to the band's heritage. "Take me back" is another nostalgic anthem for lost youth, but there's nothin maudlin about this good time rock n roll.
A triumphant debut, good musicianship, accessible and fun, we don't have a bad word to say about it!