GARY JOHN BARDEN – Eleventh Hour

Escape Music

This English vocalist has been around for a long time.  Currently doing voices for MSG, Barden has also contributed in writing songs with Gary Moore which ended up on “Corridors of Power” (which is probably why we hear his version of “Don’t take me for a loser” here) amongst others.  This is his first solo effort in four years.

Barden’s vocal prowess doesn’t impress in the first half of the album, before he comes into his own.  There are some great songs on the album, “All in” having a heavy 80’s flavour, “Blackmail” sounding a bit sleazy and “Easy does it” belonging on the Strip.  It’s “Before the eyes of the world”, though, that has to take the cake with its slow, monster riff, but it is a difficult listen, as upbeat it is not.

Some fine tunes on here, but a bit of a mixed bag.  Still, lots to enjoy when approached with an open mind.


Nick van der Meulen


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