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Last Of A Dyin' Breed
Last Of A Dyin' Breed
Price: 7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet !, 21 Jan 2014
This review is from: Last Of A Dyin' Breed (Audio CD)
I'm probably in the minority who think that Skynyrd are better with Johnny Van Zant than the original line-up with his brother. Sure the earlier records had some moments of brilliance but I thought there was quite a lot of filler tracks on most of those albums.
However since the second coming with the "1991" album they have barely written a duff tune with each release being very consistent & I feel that this latest release is their best yet.
I have the special edition containing 15 tracks & it's difficult to pick a highlight as each song is of a very high quality, although I do have a soft spot for the Nickelback tinged "Homegrown".
Working with Bob Marlette has been a good move for them as he is one of the best writer/producers around these days & has helped take them to another level.

The Playful Heart
The Playful Heart
Price: 8.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Songs but Poorer vocals., 20 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Playful Heart (Audio CD)
Robin Trower was either on an extremely tight budget or had developed a mad ego as he started collecting his pension. He has managed to get himself one of the best vocalists ever (Davey Pattison) for his most recent albums/tours but decided he either can't afford or doesn't need him for a whole album this time & instead will replace him with his own "dulcet" tones.
On top of this has written the worst batch of songs (bar a few)that I've heard from him, which even Pattison can't save for most of the time. In fact even the great Pattison is sounding the most lacklustre I've heard him, but I imagine it's down to a lack of enthusiasm at the songs presented to him.
To my ears the only tunes worth any mention are "The playful heart" & "Not inside-outside", although "Dressed in gold" would be up there with Pattison singing it rather than Trower.

Let's hope this was a one off !

There Goes the Neighborhood
There Goes the Neighborhood
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: 13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Country/Southern Rock, 19 Mar 2013
Brought this because it was very cheap on Ebay & didn't have high expectations of it. However pleasantly surprised by the strong songwriting (bar one or two tracks) & excellent soulful bluesy vocals.
Any fan of southern or country rock should give this a listen

Comes and Goes
Comes and Goes
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 8.12

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4.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet, 15 May 2012
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This review is from: Comes and Goes (Audio CD)
This is their best album yet with no filler in sight. Many highlights include opening pair "Turn it on" & "All over me" (which has a Richard Marx co-write). "Fascination" & "Comes & Goes" are also melodic rock gems but my highlight is "Hold on to you" with a chorus I can't get out out of my head". This is yet another release which has the impressive Bob Marlette's involvement with writing & production.
When modern melodic rock is done this well it can hold it's own against some of the classic rock from the 70's & 80's.

Folklore and Superstition
Folklore and Superstition
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE CLASSIC, 12 May 2012
Absolutely love this & it's got to be one of the best albums I've heard in a while. From the opening track "Blind man" I was hooked & continued to be for the rest of the album. Strong production from Bob Marlette (This guy is always involved with quality releases) gives the songs an added power & mixed with some great choruses which should allow this to appeal to the masses. Other highlight are "Reverend wrinkle", "Ghost of Floyd Collins", "Things my father said", "Long sleeves", "Devil's queen" & "The key" although any of the tracks would be a highlight on most other albums. BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!

Good Acoustics
Good Acoustics

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most other acoustic albums, 5 Mar 2012
This review is from: Good Acoustics (Audio CD)
Not a fan of acoustic albums as the electric versions of songs are better 99% of the time. Because of their strong melodies,Firehouse's songs stand up to the acoustic test better than most other bands. The 3 previously unreleased tracks "You are my religion", " Love don't care" & "In your perfect world" are very good,so I would recommend this over most other acoustic releases.

Tools of Destruction [Digipack]
Tools of Destruction [Digipack]
Price: 8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, 2 Feb 2012
I'm not a massive fan of progressive/power metal,only a few bands of this genre "float my boat". I got this very cheap so had nothing to lose & have got to say it's one of the best 1.25's I've ever spent.
Whilst the backing on some tracks is pretty fast & typical of the power metal genre & others have a more classic hard rock sound, it's the quality of the songs are a few notches above the crowd, Many a melodic hard rock band would be well pleased to write tunes like these with not a filler in sight. Fans of European melodic hard rock bands like Gotthard,Europe,Pink Cream6 69,Pretty Maids etc will enjoy this as much as the power metal crowd.

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