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4.0 out of 5 stars ... classy and classic melodic rock ..., 14 Mar 2011
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This review is from: The Great Escape (Audio CD)
It's Robin Beck's fate to be forever thought of as "Robin Beck from the eighties", thanks to the global megahit, 'First Time', being beamed onto everyones telly, thanks to the Coca-Cola advert. Good as it was, it wasn't the launchpad it deserved to be, with the Desmond Child propelled album (her second, fact fans) not really getting the plaudits it deserved. The follow-ups, "Human Instinct" and "Can't Get Off" didn't do much, and then it seemed as though Ms Beck vanished into the lost world of melodic rock hidden treasures.

But the 21st century has seen her return to the world of melodic rock, with a steady stream of quality albums, aided and abetted by Mr Beck aka James Christian, fellow melodic rock legend and frontman with House Of Lords. "The Great Escape" continues the good work laid down on "Wonderland", "Do You Miss Me" and "Livin' On A Dream", as track after track of fabulous melodic rock is set off by Ms Beck's powerfull vocals.

With the exception of one track, 'Baby I'm Not A Bitch', the entire thing has been written by Ms Beck, alongside James Christian (House Of Lords) and Swedish production guru Tommy Denander, and also features a couple of duets featuring Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow / Deep Purple / HTP) and James Christian. It's an excellent release, with only the aforementioned 'Baby I'm Not A Bitch', not really working, as all the original material is straight out of the top drawer. The opening four tracks from the eighties sounding 'The One' through the hotter than hell 'Got Me Feelin' Sexy', the moody and magnificent 'Inside Of Me' and the fabulous chorus of 'That All Depends' featuring Joe Lynn Turner, are just magnificent.

Things sag with 'Baby I'm Not A Bitch', but recover slightly with 'Everything Is Alright', although it's the weakest of the original songs. But things kick back in big style with the title track, before the big ballad arrives in the shape of 'Don't Think He's Ever Coming Home'. 'Cross My Heart' is a cracking rocker, things go mid-tempo and moody again with 'All The Rivers', before the album closes with the fabulous duet 'Till The End Of Time', where wife and husband sing to each other.

It really is one of the finest melodic rock releases for ages, and I suspect it will be at the top of a lot of best-of lists come the end of the year.
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