CD REISSUE: 2006, MTM Music, 0681-159
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Alexa Anastasia - vocals * Paul Sabu - guitars * Murrill Maglio - bass * Tommy Rude - keyboards * Charles Esposito - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Shake You * 02 We Don't Remember Why * 03 Dance The Night Away * 04 Wanderlust * 05 Let It Rock * 06 A Cry Away * 07 Cool Wind * 08 Heart To Heart * 09 Spooky * 10 From Now On
You could call this album Only Child
II if you really wanted to. Sensational slab of AOR/melodic rock from LA rock vixen Alexa, who vocally could be considered a Paul Sabu
clone. Nonetheless, it's a fairly heavy affair, with raucous vocals very much to the fore. With gorgeous looks and a voice to match, Alexa was plucked out of obscurity and paired up with Paul Sabu
to release her one and only album, ironically the same year of his Only Child
album. So, coincidentally the members of Only Child
turned up to play on this one too.
As for the songs, you'd be hard pressed to find anything this good (apart from Witness
that is!). Some genuine classics on show here, from the opening trio of 'I Can't Shake You', 'We Don't Remember Why' and 'Dance The Night Away' to the blistering melodic fury of 'Let It Rock' and 'Heart To Heart'. Some of the slower moments are great too, including 'Wanderlust' and 'A Cry Away', and there's a cover of Atlanta Rhythm Section
It's a pity that this album is effectively a one-off effort, and Alexa disappeared back into the L.A soup just as soon as she surfaced. As a result, this is starting to become a rare item on CD, so if you have it .. lucky you. As for Ms Anastasia, well she's been in touch with G-DAZE a few times since this review was put up, so we're thankful at least that modern day communication does get through.. like the pony express! And hey.. she still rocks and still looks gorgeous!
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