Album review: BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

Frontiers Records [Release date 05.06.15]

“American Trash” by Beauvoir/Free is a Crown of Thorns album in all but name and is a welcome return to the classic melodic rock sound of yesteryear. Jean Beauvoir, he of the impressive ever-present white Mohican, has teamed up again with old friend and guitarist Micki Free.

From the off “American Trash” is a melodic rock fan’s dream come true. Angels Cry just radiates class, Morning After features some effective bluesy guitar from Mr Free and title track American Trash draws parallels to the classic American Woman as covered famously by Lenny Kravitz.

Just Breathe is a reminder on how a power ballad should sound…from the piano, orchestra and vocal only opening the song builds and builds…and what a voice from JB on this one…

The brooding Cold Dark December kicks off with a borrowed Foo Fighters riff but soon ploughs its own path through to its sing-along chorus. She’s a KO reminds me of Cheap Trick’s classic Little Sister at times.

There are a couple of fillers on here but they are saved by the pure brilliance of the musical abilities on display. Jean Beauvoir, in addition to lead vocals, actually plays rhythm guitar, bass, drums and keyboards on here as well as arranging the orchestration…

The soulful emotive vocals of Jean Beauvoir are superb throughout and Micki Free’s guitar playing and solos are just wonderful…every note in every solo fits perfectly and nothing outstays its welcome.

Welcome back guys…you’ve done yourselves proud with this slice of pure melodic rock.  ****½

Review by Phil Berisford


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