Originally released in 1987, Push was the second (and final) album from Virginia Wolf, which featured drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Like Bonham's previous band Airrace, Virginia Wolf played polished, radio-friendly AOR/melodic rock. The band totally mastered the use of great melodies, prominent keyboards, and smooth vocals courtesy of Chris Ousey.
This time around, Virginia Wolf opted for a much more pop oriented sound. There's still a rock baseline, but it's toned down a bit from the debut. It seems a lot more Outfield and Boulevard-like, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This kind of AOR is a lot of fun, and Virginia Wolf did it very well. "Don't Break Away" was the single here, but songs like "You Don't Know What You've Got" and "Can You Feel the Fire" could have - should have, even - been big radio hits at the time.
For whatever reason, Push didn't catch on, and the band called it a day not long after its release. Jason Bonham went on the form the very Led Zeppelin influenced Bonham, while Chris Ousey would find success with the long running AOR act Heartland. Fans of Survivor, Journey, Foreigner et al, as well as slick `80s AOR in general should definitely find a lot to love in Virginia Wolf.
Edition Notes: Wounded Bird reissued Push in 2003, and it was the first time the album had been widely released on CD. Like all Wounded Bird reissues, the album was not remastered, nor did it have any bonus material.
Edition Notes 2: Rock Candy reissued Push in 2010. This time around, the album has been digitally remastered (and sounds fantastic). The reissue also features detailed liner notes as well as two bonus tracks ("Tearing Me Down" and "Matter of Time") - both studio recordings that appeared as b-sides on the Don't Break Away EP. It's a fantastic reissue all around, and a more than worthwhile upgrade even if you already own the Wounded Bird reissue.