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Starship - 1989 Love Among The Cannibals

ARTIST: Starship
ALBUM: Love Among The Cannibals
SERIAL: 9693-2-R
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2008, BMG (Japan), BVCM-35251


LINEUP: Mickey Thomas - vocals * Craig Chaquico - guitars * Mark Morgan - keyboards * Brett Bloomfield - bass, vocals * Donnie Baldwin - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Burn * 02 It's Not Enough * 03 Trouble In Mind * 04 I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night * 05 Send A Message * 06 Love Among The Cannibals * 07 We Dream In Colour * 08 Healing Waters * 09 Blaze Of Love * 10 I'll Be There


Perhaps the last great album by San Francisco legends Starship. Up till this point they'd left us a swagger of memorable records from the 80's decade. The musical procession, which is 'part and parcel' of the Starship fraternity, continued here, with ex Le Mans bassist Brett Bloomfield joining up, as did session keyboardist Mark Morgan, with perennial co-leader Grace Slick walking through the 'out-door' for the umteenth time. The layered and smooth production of Mike Shipley on some of the tracks, sees the band visiting familiar territory from other artists in the melodic rock scene.

The Songs
Take the opener 'The Burn' for instance - sounding so similar to the stuff heard on Dare's 'Out Of The Silence'. Jangly guitar lines, and the drum sound in particular is exactly the same, I thought I was listening to 'Abandon Me'. Not that I'm complaining. More of it please. 'It's Not Enough' has the strains of radio all over it. Beautiful stuff, and a killer chorus to match. The AOR friendly 'Trouble in Mind' has neat keyboard and guitar arrangements, and is as catchy as hell! Then of course, there's the blatant copy-cat style of Def Leppard on 'I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night'. I wonder what Joe, 'Mutt' and the boys thought of that one? Personally, I think it's great! If the Lepps did AOR then this is what they'd sound like! Elsewhere, there's a Planet 3 feel to be heard: 'Healing Waters', 'We Dream In Color', Blaze Of Love' all contain big splashes of bright keyboard work and high-stepping arrangements. In contrast, the closer 'I'll Be There' is excellent commercial AOR a la Glen Burtnick, but it sounds slightly different to the rest of the hi-tech stuff on the album.

In Summary
A good enjoyable listen is what you'll get with this album, containing high quality, and excellent musicianship. With Thomas on vocals and Chaquico on guitars, you are guaranteed melodic rock of the finest sort. You'll just need to shake your head in disbelief when you listen to 'I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night'.. Surely that's Def Leppard? (ha ha!).

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:04:33
After the dissapointing 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' & 'No Protection', I had virtually given up hope of this lot ever releasing anything decent again. Then this one appears from nowhere & a monster it is aswell. Their most consistent release since (Jefferson) Starship's 'Freedom At Point Zero' album 10 years previously. There is some excellent material on this, notably 'The Burn' & 'We Dream In Colour' aswell as the very Def Leppard like ballad 'I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night'.Very good indeed.
#2 | thejbl on March 10 2010 15:41:54
Mutt lange actually wrote and contributed backing vocals to I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night - hence the def leppard soundalikeness
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