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Under Fire (#2) - 1991 Flames

ARTIST: Under Fire (1)
ALBUM: Flames
LABEL: Vertebrae
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Steve Baker - vocals, guitars * Chip McGurer - vocals, keyboards * Dave Donahoe - guitars; vocals * Joseph Shreve - bass, vocals * Mykal Hudson - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Close To Paradise * 02 Loaded Gun * 03 One Way Love * 04 Raise A Little Hell * 05 Waiting For Your Smile * 06 Suicide Is Forever * 07 Ms Champagne * 08 White Lies * 09 Without Saying Goodbye * 10 Don't Fall In Love * 11 Falmes Of Red, White And Blue * 12 Do What It Takes To Survive * 13 It's Over * 14 Suicide Is Forever (Accoustic)

The heart of Indianapolis strikes red hot with this melodic rock gem Under Fire. Not to be confused with the other similarly named band featuring Cary Sharaf, these guys play a competent brand without being startlingly original. All the hallmarks that you'd look for in this genre are here. The looks and image, the sound, dynamics, and the (unfortunate) cheesy lyrics. For what it's worth, I'd suggest this CD will give interested spectators a few thrills, as it easily sits alongside a resident classic like the Warpdrive 'Gimme Gimme' opus. Hooks, riffs, and five part harmony vocals help fill out an enjoyable romp which clocks in at just under an hour. Admittedly it's got some filler in there too, but the best bits to stand out do so by a mile.

The Songs
The album commences with the stunning anthem 'Too Close To Paradise'. Here we get sublime guitar riffing coupled with some dabbly keyboards and monster drums. This would sound awesome on FM radio I bet! 'Loaded Gun' follows in similar fashion, big drums, and upfront guitar. 'One Way Love (Who Will Dream About)' has that same commercialness you'd find on the first Sik Vikki album for instance. 'Waiting For Your Smile' a ballad similar to cross-town rivals Stone Soup, sees them reaching for the lighters, though in all honesty it needed a slightly better execution. We're back on hard rock boulevard again with 'Ms Champagne', an ode to all those flossy party babes out there in Fantasyland. Another melodic winner is the patriotic 'Flames Of Red White And Blue'. If there was a war on, this would be an Armed Forces theme-song for sure! 'Do What It Takes To Survive' is a slower paced effort, but is still full of melody and crunch.

In Summary
Overall, for what is essentially an indie band, they do bloody well! It's unclear just where these guys ended up, but they've left us with a great effort. Thanks a lot chaps.

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