Album review: BRITNY FOX – Britny Fox and Boys In Heat (Remasters)

Rock Candy Records [release date: 29.10.21]

Britny Fox’s first two albums at last get the hi-tech treatment from the UK’s reissue/ remastering specialists, Rock Candy Records .

Thirty years later it’s not easy to look behind the band’s glittery Glam Rock facade and see the music, but once you get past the played out “wouldn’t like to meet them on a bad hair day” jokes, you realise that this under publicised rock band really had something to offer.
Most of that came in the debut album, Britny Fox.

Given a leg up the Music label ladder by Tom Keifer’s band, Cinderella, then sharing their producer, John Jansen, the band released their self titled debut in 1988. It comprised ten typically loud, big chord, flamboyant pop metal songs.

Mainly thanks to Michael Kelly Smith’s sparkling axework and Dean Davidson’s sub Keifer vocalising, the album forced its way into the Billboard Top 50 album charts.

Among the handful of tracks that stood out, ‘Long Way From Love’, ‘Girlschool’ and ‘Save The Weak’ were all shiny, FM Radio friendly, major key foot stompers. Aural comfort food for LA’s Sunset Strip crowd and beyond. Surprisingly though, released as singles, they made little chart impact. ***1/2

The more uneven Boys In Heat followed a year later.
Helped on by Neil Kernon’s more expansive studio production, it still delivered some cracking melodic rock songs, showing more of a development and maturity in the sound, if not the lyrics.

‘Standing In The Shadows’ and ‘Living On A Dream’ are cut from the same cloth as the debut’s standout material. And ‘Dream On’s rich, pulsing melodic rock fastens on to the same crowd pleasing timbre regularly achieved by band’s like Canada’s Honeymoon Suite, where the music transcends its narrow genre limitations, and straddles the line between high calibre pop and rock.

Both remasters come with the usual suite of essays, colour photos and interviews. And most importantly, a sympathetically enhanced sound. ***

review by Brian McGowan

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