I don't think this album is aimed at me and it probably isn't expected that I'll like it as much as I do, but didn't someone once say growing old is compulsary but growing up is optional? I stumbled across this album by accident on its week of release in 2009 and expected its impact to fade, but two years later I still get a rush of excitement when the first track erupts from the speakers.
I rarely give out 5-star ratings but in the pop-rock genre Hold on Tight is, to me at least, outstanding. Every track is filled with energy, exuberance and joie de vivre, and I defy anyone who likes the lighter side of rock not to find yourself tapping your feet (or even banging your head), singing along and grinning like an idiot by the time you get a few moments into the first track. It's difficult to choose one standout track but my favourites are Obvious, Run Don't Walk and Josey. The slower, acoustic track, Candles, is the best known track in the UK (probably because it has featured in Glee)and is a lovely sing along.
Although it doesn't have the 'heaviness' of Heart, Vixen or Bon Jovi (bands from 'my day'), when I listen to this album I'm reminded of those bands because of the sheer infectious energy and gorgeous melodies in every song.
Ok, Hold on Tight is not going to change the face of music, and if you're after heavier, moodier rock (my usual natural habitat musically speaking) then this isn't the album for you but as unashamed pop-rock goes this, for me, takes some beating.