VADUZ – Better Days

 

 

Catamount Records ( Release date – out now)

Hair metal, everyone loves it even if it is a guilty pleasure and the latest exponents of the genre are Vaduz. The band are named after the capital of Liechtenstein for some unknown reason as they are from the heartlands of the USA.

‘Workin’ Band’ starts things off well with a prime slice of melodic hard rock which wouldn’t have been out of place on any number of 80’s albums which is not meant as a criticism. ‘I Saw The Light Again’ follows in the same vein, high quality, polished rock.

There is a message in the band’s songs which becomes all too apparent on the ballad ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ which as the name suggests incorporates a bit of the Lord’s Prayer, last done by Sir Cliff I believe. This is a minor glitch (in my view anyway), but it doesn’t really detract from the album as a whole. Things quickly get back on track with ‘Hey Yeah’ which features some excellent slide guitar work provided by Jeff Nelson who guests on the album.

The last few tracks are a bit hit and miss, there is another ballad with a strong message in the shape of ‘Faces In The Storm’, a blues workout which is ok and things are rounded off in classic, big ballad style by ‘On My Way’ which has a killer chorus.

This is an album which any lover of melodic rock would enjoy. Good choruses, excellent vocal harmonies and the requisite power ballad all add up to an entertaining listen. Whether the band’s vision and message are for you is purely down to personal taste, but don’t let that put you off giving Vaduz a listen.

***1/2

David Wilson


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