earMUSIC [Release date 03.08.18]
George Lynch is ever the chameleon. Known primarily for his time in Dokken, more recently he’s been involved in any number of projects: KXM, T & N, Sweet & Lynch…
What we do know is that when he lends his talents to an album, there is a quality base level that is only enhanced by the other band member contributions and of course the songs.
This time round he’s teamed up with Living Colour’s vocalist Corey Glover, Chris Moore (drums) and Pancho Tomaselli (bass). The over-riding lyrical themes are social and political issues and, as expected, with the musical fireworks provided by Lynch.
This project is perhaps closest in spirit to recent sorties such as KXM. Indeed Glover’s soulful vocal approach recalls Doug Pinnick in that band.
There’s nothing here that will cause you to stay up at night, just solid hard rock epitomised by songs such as the stonking opener ‘Baptism’ and ‘Walk Run Crawl’ whilst tracks like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Heart Full Of Rain’ provide the necessary melodic counter-weight. ‘Take A Stand’ and ‘Caravan’ are closest to Glover’s own band.
In truth, the album does tail off with the volley of funkier tracks toward the end and these are nothing more than the proverbial perfunctory workouts with the slight reprieve of ‘What You Say’. ‘Power Trip’ on the other hand takes King Crimson as its cue with a riff straight from ’21st Century Schizoid Man’. That said, the presence of Lynch is sure to attract his own fans and continues his own purple patch on album in recent years. ***
Review by David Randall
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