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No Sweat - 1990 No Sweat

ARTIST: No Sweat
ALBUM: No Sweat
LABEL: London
SERIAL: 828 206-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Paul Quinn - vocals * Jim Phillips - guitars * Dave Gooding - guitars * P.J Smith - keyboards * Jon Angel - bass * Ray Fean - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart And Soul * 02 Shake * 03 Stay * 04 On The Edge * 05 Waters Flow * 06 Tear Down The Walls * 07 Generation * 08 Lean On Me * 09 Stranger

Here's an Irish band who briefly enjoyed some time in the limelight during 1989/90. Deciding not to follow in the footsteps of fellow Irishmen U2 (thank god), they decided to become the Emerald Isles equivalent of Bon Jovi, though they had to relocate to London to do it. The band were originally called Stateside, (though they got nowhere near I'm afraid) and they'd been around for about six years prior to the album release. With a Keith Olsen production, some initial backing from Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (perhaps because he lives in Dublin, and perhaps because it was reputed that 'he' discovered them?), they band looked good to reap some reward. They possessed an excellent singer in Paul Quinn, who at the time, was a recent addition to the band. They certainly don't reinvent the wheel with their sound, but what they did, they did well.

The Songs
Getting underway with 'Heart And Soul'.. Wow, what a way to be introduced to the band. Gloriously rich melodic rock with a booming chorus of sweat induced mayhem! 'Shake' is a great title, as that's what'll happen when you're introducing your lips to a pint of Guiness! Get a grip on the hard rockin' 'On The Edge', with pulsing bass-lines and a growling Quinn threatening to do damage to his mike. Another to draw attention due to it's up-tempo nature is 'Lean On Me'.. full of fiery guitars and rough-house vocals. There's a certain anthemic element on the track 'Tear Down The Walls', a blues-laden hard rocker followed by the equally anthem bound 'Generation'.. 'this is my generation.. your generation.. now'. The vocal Jovi-isms are apparent on the acoustic ballad 'Stay', and the wild-west sounding 'Waters Flow'.

In Summary
Unfortunately for No Sweat they split up not long after. Despite undertaking UK tours with Thunder (UK) and Little Angels, the band got very little in response, and in return. A real pity. Perhaps they should have been called No Breaks? Still the album is seen online occasionally, and if you see it, you might want to think about investing some cash on it.

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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:45:54
definitely worth buying, paul quinns voice is angelic a really underrated lp
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