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M.S.G - 1991 M.S.G

ARTIST: MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
LABEL: Impact
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2000, EMI (Japan), TOCP-53147


LINEUP: Robin McAuley - vocals * Michael Schenker - guitars * Jeff Pilson - bass * James Kottak - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eve * 02 Paradise * 03 When I'm Gone * 04 This Broken Heart * 05 We Believe In Love * 06 Crazy * 07 Invincible * 08 What Happens To Me * 09 Lonely Nights * 10 This Night Is Gonna Last Forever * 11 Nightmare


This was the third of the 'McAuley-Schenker' albums, following 'Perfect Timing' (1987) and 'Save Yourself' (1989). I recall when this album was released, it received some vicious reviews from the likes of Metal Hammer, who were ever so slowly clinging on to the grunge scene at the expense of artists like this. Claiming Schenker was bereft of anything new, they said it had no place next to the angry likes of Nirvana and co. Yawn. The album was hardly that bad, and it followed Schenker's Contraband project with artists like Tracii Guns (LA Guns) and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt). As always Schenker surrounded himself with quality backing musicians, this time ex Dokken man Pilson and Kingdom Come skin pounder Kottak.

The Songs
It's hard to argue with opener 'Eve', rousing hard rock with an uplifting hook, harmless good time stuff. Not the thing to do at the time apparently. 'Paradise' contains some contemporary lyrics about making decisions with your life, but supposedly acts like this were not relevant in that regard, because they weren't young and angry, 'safe' corporate rock instead. Ballads are inevitable and 'When I'm Gone' is the first, standard fare - slow then uptempo etc - but not an entire loss, McAuley too good a singer to throw it away. Way up on the melodic side is 'This Broken Heart' and it's AOR chorus, acceptable in any decade. The highlight of the disc is 'Crazy', a heavy stompalong, perfect in all areas. The lyrics leave Nirvana for dead, 'I work hard for little pay, I'm sick and tired of living this way', simple but to the point. No one took the time it seems to read these, and they are as relevant as anything those frauds composed. A genuinely rare 90's hard rock classic. 'Invincible' continues the heavier side, again a vintage, mammoth hook to its credit. 'Lonely Hearts' is straight from the 80's, a raunchy rocker on the Warrant-Ratt-Winger scale, while 'This Night Is Gonna Last Forever' reaches the top of the power ballad stakes. Defying the critics with lyrics like 'Gina's got a six string heartbeat' plus the obligatory soaring chorus, this is quality.

In Summary
A superb album. I knew it then and I know it now. A perfect example of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. To this day I still feel agrieved at the treatment suffered by albums such as this. If released in 1990 it would have got the thumbs up. Amazing how things had turned by late 1991, early 1992. Of course this was the last of this pairing, Schenker having led a hugely chequered career since, with a stop start solo career as well as numerous stints with UFO (of which he is out of - again). Nevermind, he has 'M.S.G.' to his name, an album unrightfully wronged. Time to rewrite the history books.

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 28 2008 17:19:44
I prefer MSG with Gary Barden on the vox but this is definitely their best album....
#2 | rkbluez on July 08 2012 16:28:59
I prefer Gary Bardens vocals also...the first 3 Michael Schenker's are definitley the best...of the new ones 'Written In The Sand" is an amazing record also.
#3 | dtabachn on February 10 2016 23:36:35
Listening to it now. Couldn't agree more with the review. This is music I love. McAuley's vocals shine all over. Schenker plays and writes great songs. Drums sound heavy and clear. I really enjoy the whole álbum, a hidden gem.
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