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6 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I absolutely love this album! Brilliant AOR. By far my favourite of their albums.
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6 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Just checked out the samples on iTunes. Such a feel-good catchy set of songs.
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6 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Sounding great! And it looks like they're having fun doing it. They're all superb musicians and vocalists so it's gonna sound good. That snippet of Don't Stop Believing was particularly fine.
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8 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
It's about the longevity of her relationship with John McEnroe, I think, by the sound of that chorus lyric...
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8 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Second track from her upcoming album and much more in the vein of her classic solo albums from back in the day. Absolutely love it! The album will be an instant purchase for me. Patty Smyth - Build a Fire
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9 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I love Patty Smyth's music and this is a cool little track. The pop country production suits it very well. Looking forward to hearing more...
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10 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Songs Venus Rocket Science Snake King is one of the few RS albums I've moved on. Bored me to tears...
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10 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I was just gonna post the very same thing!
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10 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Well, exactly!
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10 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
It's not. They are an excellent country band. Of course, if you hate country, then you'll think they suck. Fair enough. They fell foul of the American public years ago by anti-Bush statements and it ruined their previously promising career for years. They normally have more balls than many male artists, so I'm suspecting that this will have been forced on them by the record company. Lady
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10 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I'm the opposite. I never heard the debut but Don't Just Stand There is, to my ears, killer pop/AOR. I bought it the same day I bought Michael Bolton's 'The Hunger' and much to my surprise, ended up playing it as much as 'The Hunger'. I didn't really rate the others that highly, but then I have generally tended to prefer the more pop-based AOR sound rather than the heavier side.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
4 stunning albums. I prefer Native Sons because it always seems to have more variation in tempo than Walk in the Fire, although individually, the songs on both are stunning and hard to choose over each other. The best Giant songs are on that debut for me. TTB is utterly fabulous too though. TTB also rocks harder I think. So glad I got to see them on the short UK tours for both albums...
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Quite right! Stepping into Schenker's shoes was never going to be easy, yet he managed it with considerable style and aplomb and the minimum of fuss! Great guitarist! RIP Paul
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I've got loads, but the best one was at the Country to Country festival in 2018 when Little Big Town headlined the Sunday night. I was in the second row at the O2 and during the set, a chap I know who was on the front row waved at acoustic guitarist Philip Sweet, opening his hand in a 'please throw me a pick' kinda way, which Philip did. I was three to the left and obviously a row back, so a fair
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
*Chuckle* If you say so, buddy!
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Sorry, Icon all the way for me. Stone cold classic, every track a winner. Melidian, average and dull by comparison. Didn't even hear it til I found a download a few years back and thought I'd give it a whirl as I'd heard good things about it. Listened a few times and deleted it.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Fair points. I agree that a lot of this stuff doesn't sound great. Some of that is a 'kitchen sink' approach to production and arrangements whereas back in the day, less was often very much more, but obviously compression and the demands of streaming and MP3 which seem to dictate the need for everything on a level don't always do it any favours. At least with this band, there's less going on.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
What's up with the mix Carl? Everything sounds like it's in the right place to me, but then 40 years of loud music may have destroyed my ears!!
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I love it! Monstrous guitar and huge vocal hooks galore. What's not to like? Even the overall production/mix is good! Two out of two for me on this album thus far...
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I've reviewed the Lionville single on MetalPlanetMusic.com: Nothing Without You Review I like it (and love their first two albums) as I love the softer side of AOR, but I can understand the negativity around both it and them from those who prefer their rock a bit harder.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I really like that. I found it neither insipid nor lifeless. I found it quietly reflective and I like the subtleties in the production (like the bottleneck guitar effects that sneak in near the end.) Given the age of the performers, the vocals were pretty decent. That'd go nicely on a playlist for a quiet evening at home.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Change is probably my favourite JW song. I always felt that his albums were inconsistent - lots of great songs and lots of filler. Interesting production too, on the early ones, with some real new wave flavours that probably did little to endear some of the tracks to me. But when he's good, he's very good!
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
That is bloody good! Great sounding vocal especially...
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Not the same, perhaps, but Gun were still excellent at Nottingham on that tour!
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I recall videoing this from late night TV when it was first aired! Great stuff... I still prefer their first album to all those that followed it.
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Yeah, that's exactly my definition of 'safe' in this context - commercial and viable for sales. Which is exactly what '1987' was at the time. It took Whitesnake slap bang into the arena of huge sales, helped by the fact that it was a bloody great bunch of songs with colossal production and image to match. Exactly what the 1985 S/T album was for Heart...
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11 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Heart's first couple of albums have some cracking stuff on them, but let's face it, they'd run out of ideas by the time of the woeful Private Audition in 1982. Personally, I love Passionworks from '83, although I suspect many disagree. I love the S/T album and Brigade. Bad Animals is less consistent to my ears. The songwriting is very 'pop' oriented on all those three albums from '85 onwards, but
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1 year ago
GuitarheroAndy
Actually, with a slightly more country type vibe included, I'd second Robert Jon and The Wreck and I'd add Kyle Daniel who is really superb!
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1 year ago
GuitarheroAndy
Jon Kilzer's first album (Memory In The Making) is superb, as are any of Danny Wilde's three pre-Rembrandts albums (The Boyfriend, Any Man's Hunger and Danny Wilde), Henry Lee-Summer has his moments (Wish I had a Girl is is best song) I'd class those as AOR/Melodic Rock variants on the Heartland or Mid-Western rock style... Hope that helps...
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1 year ago
GuitarheroAndy
Rick Springfield's 'like Father, Like Son' from Living In Oz - entirely orchestral instrumentation...
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