Are You Listening
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 15 March, 2011
Playing time: 39:12

I was afraid that this would be another AC/DC clone rock band from Australia, but with 100 % ROCK as label it's also what Babyjane delivers on this debut album. They stands for a simple and straight forward rock n' roll with influences of Skid Row, Guns n' Roses, Aerosmith and maybe some Kiss in a few tracks, but with more of a sleazy pub rock touch.

First up is the title track on the album and my godness what a punch I got in the solar plexus! "Are You Listening" really got me awake and got me in with full attention already from the first time listening. "Give It All Up" is a more aggressive track where the singer Andy Smith really shows us what a great front man he is, with an amazing worn and rough vocal it's gives Babyjane the unique sound they need in this genre.

My personal goldpiece on this album is: "Town Called Sinner Stone" which is a more dark track than the earlier songs and it's liberating with good guitar playing from John Gerasolo.  "Twenty Too Many" is a sleazy dirty track with a great dialogue between the leading and the backing vocals. "Miss Scorpio" is a hard rock piece in almost heavy metal tempo and the playing joy shines through on this one. In "Four Rusted Egos" the tempo is calmer and the closest to a ballad I could find on the album.

The closing track Tell Me (What I Need To Know) is a mix of punk and rock n' roll and is the only song on "Are You Listening" that they could have left as an idea in the rehearsal studio.
Overall, this is a varied and a enjoyable album to play over and over again. With this strong debut album in the back, I will look forward to the next album which is scheduled in mid-2012.

My favourite tracks: Town Called Sinner Stone, Are You Listening, Li'l Gutters and Can You Keep A Secret?

01: Are You Listening
02: Give It All Up
03: Li`l Gutters
04: Quicksand
05: Town Called Sinner Stone
06: Can You Keep A Secret
07: Twenty Too Many
08: Miss Scorpio
09: Four Rusted Egos
10: Demontonic
11: Tell Me (What I Need To Know)
Label: 100% Rock
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 10 August, 2011