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James Christian
Lay It All On Me
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 5 July, 2013
Playing time: 46:36

The big voice from House of Lords release his third solo album called "Lay It All On Me" in July. James Christian's latest solo album is from 2004 ("Meet the Man"), so this is a long awaited album. His first solo disc is from 1995 ("Rude Awakening") and it's  a hidden gem for all melodic rock lovers to discover. I'm a fan of all of House of Lords's albums and this disc sounds (of course) very similar, but the difference is that this is much more AOR oriented and it's got a gentler touch to it.

The history of James goes way back to the 80s with House of Lords and he is also a excellent producer. This time he has a nice support team of musicians, who includes; his wife Robin Beck - background vocals, Jeff Kent - keyboards, BJ Zampa, David Sherman - drums, Jorge Salas, Jimi Bell, Shelby Stewart - guitars. If you recognize several names from House of Lords, you're right. Almost the whole band contributes on this solo album, so I wonder why does James release an album under his own name if he has (almost) the whole band involved anyway? I don't care really, because this is a sugar cube to suck on for a very long time.

The first track is the perfect intro song and the title song knocks me out completely. A masterpiece with magnificent lyrics and a catchy melody. I had high expectations for this album and my demands are completely fulfilled. James is still quite unknown to most of the European hard rock fans and is in my eyes maybe one of the strongest active vocalist's from the beautiful 80's.

Every track is very melodic and properly produced as you could expect from this Connecticut musician.

If you like House of Lords, you'll love this record too. Because I will have this spinning in my ears all summer long...

01. Lay It All On Me
Sacred Heart
Day In The Sun
Belive In Me
You're So Bad
Don't Come Near Me
Let It Shine
She's All The Rage
Sincerely Yours
Shot In The Dark
Welcome To Your Future
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 82/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 4 July, 2013
Website: www.jameschristianmusic.com/