Album review: ALLIANCE – Fire and Grace

ALLIANCE – Fire and Grace

Escape Music [Release date 24.05.19]

Robert Berry (vocals, bass, keyboards), Boston guitarist Gary Pihl and drummer David Lauser (Sammy Hagar), are back with a new Alliance album – their first in ten years. Only missing from the previous albums is former Night Ranger keyboards player Alan ‘Fitz’ Gerald, however Robert Berry proves more than adept at tinkling the old ivories as can be heard on last year’s enjoyable 3.1 album.

There are plenty of hard rockers to grab your attention, be it the funky bass lines on the good time rock ‘n roll of ‘The Wheel’ (Gary Pihl has a great time on the slide solo battling away with a bit of harmonica) or the title track, driven along nicely by the drums of David Lauser.

‘Good Life’ recalls those 80’s melodic rockers that bands like Night Ranger and Loverboy did so well, an album stand out with plenty of synths. ‘Real Thing’ wouldn’t look out of place on a Power Station album, a nice funky groove on this one.

Of course there are a couple of ballads/slower moments, ‘Change Of Heart’ shows off Berry’s vocals, whilst ‘The Same’ features another fine solo from Gary Pihl.

Another fine chapter in the Alliance musical story and hopefully they won’t leave it quite so long until their next album. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


In his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 29 March David Randall featured a selection of tracks from “Albums of the Month” (January-March 2020) (29:45)

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