Jean Beauvoir and Mikki Free have been a driving force in the music writing business for better than 20 years now since the 1994 Crown Of Thorns release. Their credits are a who’s who in the rock and roll industry with such talents as KISS, Ramones, Lionel Richie, The Pretenders, ZZ Top and Debbie Harry among the long list of associated superstars that have been helped by the duo. Together they have crafted a rather basic approach of 80s melodic hard rock that sounds like it came bursting off of the TV screen just in time for your afternoon dose of top twenty music videos. There is nothing new or mind boggling on here, nor is there anything overly memorable either. The final affect is a solid release with very good consistency throughout the tunes, but nothing that will make you go ga-ga over at the end of the day either. Somewhere between Night Ranger, Warrant and Winger and the sugary bits of the late 80s hair assault here, they do show they can hit the rock still with a couple tracks such as Shotgun To The Heart, but for the most part they seem to be content with the chickbait metal sound, not that it’s a bad thing really. And this is really written better than many of them.
Choice Tracks – Shotgun To The Heart, American Trash, Cold Dark December, There’s No Starting Over