Blimey! It only seems like it was last year that I was claiming that "Pure", the last album by Chris Laney, was "guaranteed to fill the floor at the Newcastle Mayfair, any Friday night in 1989".
Which may well be connected to the fact that it was only last year, but working on the principle that there is no such thing as too much good music, he's rattled out another solo album of top quality, eighties guitar rock. And to that end, he's brought in a few special guests to try and give this record - technical term alert - more 'oomph' than its predescessor. So that'll be Europe drummer Ian Haugland, ex Hanoi Rocks / Electric Boys guitarist Conny Bloom, some co-writes from former Kiss man Bruce Kulick and, oh yes, a guitar solo from Thin Lizzy / Motorhead fella Brian Robertson.
So far, so eighties. But it's not one of those high school reunions where everybody looks fatter, balder and lies about how great their lives have been. Nope, Mr Laney has put together an exemplary set of songs that make the old rocker in me very happy indeed. Most of the album is up-tempo melodic hard rock which, for those of us who yearn for the days of big hair and bigger choruses, makes for a fantastic listening experience.
You can't go wrong with tunes as good as 'Gotta Run', 'Love So Bad' and the more Leppard than Leppard 'One Kiss Tonight'. If this actually was the eighties, then Mutt Lange would have a bit more competition for production gigs, as Chris Laney has come up with an absolutely huge rawk sound. Take one listen to the title track and tell me this isn't immense. If you do, you're a liar. Too be fair, there are a couple of tracks where you wish that a really Grade A singer was hitting the notes, but musically, this is a joy.