The revival of
the classic 80s style hard rock has made another dinosaur come out of hiding:
Yes, the band that had a huge success with their debut album "After the Rain".
Most people most likely remember them as the band with the two pretty boys:
Gunnar and Matthew Nelson in front with their long blond hair, singing their
most famous tune: "(Can't Live without Your) Love & Affection". They have been
chasing the success they had ever since, and now after a ten years absence they
are back with "Lightning Strikes Twice".
Gone is the
long hair, but the music is still pretty much the same; still very classic
sounding 80s influenced hard rock. If this album had been the follow up to their
debut album then I am sure songs like "Call Me", "To Get back To You" or "When
You're Gone" would have spun off a couple of hit singles, but the musical
landscape has changed so dramatically that this will only gain some recognition
amongst genre freaks.
like that this is a bad album, but the excitement is also easily overlooked. A
fine collection of hard rock songs that fall nicely in line with so many other
releases this year, not outstanding, but still at an acceptable level... Fans of
theirs won't be disappointed, but your regular hard rock fan will be asking for
a bit now than is on offer here...