Forty Deuce Nothing To Lose Frontiers Records
Produced By: Richie Kotzen, Taka & Ari

Running Time: 40.15

Release Date: August 29


Musical Style: Modern Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers Records
Songs: 84%
Sound: 86%
Forty Deuce is a new LA band with Richie Kotzen front and center. The four piece band features Kotzen on vocals and guitar alongside three very 'punk' looking dudes. The band have been making waves in the LA music scene with their catchy brand of modern rock.
Kotzen has always been a diverse individual and this it seems, is his best hope of reaching a youth audience, as these guys have a very contemporary look and sound.
While this album is primarily modern rock with a uptempo, angst filled, guitar driven delivery the overall style really won't be too foreign for established Kotzen fans.
That distinct voice of Kozten's is in fine form here - stretched a little on the more aggressive numbers, but sounding as raspy as ever.
This isn't going to be for all those that liked Kotzen's last couple of solo albums but it will appeal to those that have followed him throughout his career. Forty Deuce is a world away from Mr. Big and Poison, but it still has a strong melodic currant best showcased on Oh My God, Start It Up and Next To Me.
Complicated is another great track, but this one sees the sound tuned right down into the very dark modern depths some melodic rock fans tend to avoid.
There are no ballads here, however the last three tracks of the album Standing In The Rain, Wanted and Nothing To Lose all mellow somewhat and have a slightly different approach than the rest of the album's sonic onslaught. Perhaps these three tracks came from Richie's unreleased music catalogue?
Finally, I have to pose the question what use is a 19 second intro-track? This should have been tacked onto the start of the first track, or better still, deleted altogether.
The Bottom Line
A very good album if the music suits. Kotzen fans should have no problem adapting to this and fans of high energy modern rock should also enjoy. Traditional melodic rock fans and those that are just casual Kotzen fans preferring his more melodic output should sample before purchase. But for the style it is the quality is certainly there.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Nothing To Lose

Line Up:
Richie Kotzen: Vocals, Guitars
Taka: Guitar
Thr3e: Drums
Ari: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Richie Kotzen
Modern Rock
Track Listing
Oh My God (I Fucked Up Again)*
I Still
Start It Up*
Stand Up
Next To Me*
Standing In The Rain
Nothing To Lose
--*Best Tracks

15/06/06: Danimal -
Rating: 100
best album of 2005...period.

16/03/06: Jason -
Rating: 10
I really enjoy listening to this album....the first three tracks are awesome. Really in your face, and meant to be played loud to the max. I have two albums that are good enough to be in my 2006 collection. I love the vocals, and guitars...everything. The title says it all, guys. Get this have "Nothing to Loose".

04/11/05: Emanuele -
Rating: 4
Once upon a great guitar player.... Omg richie blew his mind starring himself with those 3 "blink 182" looking dudes... i've seen the show in Rome, and it was really crappy, wrong playing drummer, an absolute non-richie style... For the Kotzen-guitarist fans this is a total sh**... I mean, the song aren't that bad, but they DO ARE considering who is playing in this band... I really hope that richie will stop to think himself as a popstar and returns back to be the great guitarist he definetly is...

19/09/05: bas - -
Rating: 93
Great guitar-driven music. And yes, Kotzen gathered some fine musicians! Real, in-your-face, raw, fresh ROCK. Even the 'ballads' are raw. I'm really impressed by the good melodies and the big hooks! And another guitarplayer besides Mr Kotzen? That has got to take some guts, but it works very well. Recommended album!

19/09/05: fritz -
Rating: 100
Well after three weeks I gotta say this is one of the highlights 2005! It's raw, it rocks and Richie is just amazing on vocals!!!! This is really a surprise! I hope this album get's the attention it deserves and brings Richie success in Europe!! Oh my god (I fucked up again) is the best song 2005 for me!!!

16/09/05: Paul -
Rating: 98
Brilliant. RK can do no wrong for me - mostly. A cracking CD that you just got put on the CD player and turn the biggest amp you can find to mark 12. Well Done to RK and 40D. With this CD, 'The Battle' and 'Fused', painting the house whilst having the MP3 player jacked into the brain is a breeze. :-)

Regards Paul.

09/09/05: Tahir Bise -
Rating: 91
Interesting album that dies have a definate raw feel..It's kind of that current sound and takes a few spins to understand what it is all about..I think it's one of those albums that grows on you after listening to it more and more..It does not disappoint and is worthy to add to the collection..

25/08/05: IAN -
Rating: 95
Raw in your face rock'n'roll full of catchy songs big hooklines and a great band playing some great music nuff said .

22/08/05: Figge -
Rating: 85
I like this be honest, I didn't expect to. Cool vibe/style. As Mr. Vanway already stated in his review below, It's raw and delivered with a lot of attitude. Kinda noisy sometimes, but the melodies and hooks are there. Takes a while to really appreciate and to discover all melodies but worth the time. Good album!
Favourite songs: Stand Up, Oh My God, Say


02/08/05: Marc Vanway -
Rating: 90
Excelent album. It's raw, with an in-your-face attitude, and great songwriting. It reminds me a lot to the first beautiful creatures. Absolutely brilliant.

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