I'm a huge fan of Hardline (always have been) and desperately wanted to love this... but it's average at best. The last album 'Leaving The End Open' was fantastic with some great tunes, melodies and songs but this is nowhere near as good. Each song has the same drum fills and beats and starts to annoy after a few tracks, guitars are formulaic AOR, the mix is a bit muddy and tracks start to sound a bit 'samey' after a while
ItThe only redeeming feature is Joey Gioelis amazing voice and vocal expression - but the songs are ultmately very forgetable.
A rather large dissapointment to be honest....hopefully Johnny will go back to writing his own stuff, getting a solid set of musicians around him who can bring some creativity to the table!!