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Innuendo - 2002 Raining In Mexico



ARTIST: Innuendo
ALBUM: Raining In Mexico
LABEL: XLR8R
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Brett Richey - guitars * Andy Watts - vocals, bass * Mike Whitman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Little Less Grey * 02 Raining in Mexico * 03 Point Of No Return * 04 The Call * 05 Angel * 06 You Have My Heart * 07 Ain't Like It Used To Be * 08 Hearts And Flowers * 09 Up To You * 10 Now I Know * 11 Song On The Radio * 12 Til The End Of Time * 13 Rodeo * 14 Fly Away * 15 You're Not Alone * 16 The Real Me * 17 My Heart

WEBLINKS: www.innuendorocks.com


Background
Arizona trio Innuendo don't do things by halves. An impressively detailed press kit accompanied the band's fourth CD 'Raining In Mexico', and with a comprehensive merchandise catalogue included, no-one could ever accuse the band of not doing enough to get the their name out there. No-one could ever accuse Innuendo of not taking chances either, as this album sees them tone down the electric guitars of former albums and tune up the acoustics for a well written, generally melodic album that shows leanings towards AOR and pop-rock. The playing is first rate, and the band varies the sound with plenty of iano, keys and drums to add to theacoustic guitar backbone of the songs.


The Songs
The only criticism I have is that I wish the band had, on this occasion, scaled down their ambitions, as the overall quality of the songwriting on the album is not sufficient to sustain the 17 songs that comprise the CD. Don't get me wrong, prolific songwriter Brett Richey has produced a number of memorable and well crafted songs on 'Raining In Mexico', but too many are too inoffensive and repetitive to have much of a lasting impact over the CD's 61 minute duration. With nine new songs and eight re-workings of older tunes, the album provides a retrospective of Innuendo's musical past, present and future and as a result, it feels slightly cluttered as well as burdened by the presence of a surfeit of ballads and slower paced numbers. Tunes like 'Fly Away', 'Angel', 'Song On The Radio' and 'You Have My Heart' don't stand up to the majority of the newer material the band have been working on. But in some ways, that is the positive aspect of 'Raining In Mexico' - the new songs are generally more favourable and show plenty of promise, especially when the band raise the tempo to enhance the interest levels. Clearly influenced by the acoustic pop-rock flavourings of bands like Shaw/Blades and Nelson, Innuendo do become almost as compelling as the aforementioned bands on standout tunes such as the excellent 'Point Of No Return', 'A Little Less Gray' and 'Rodeo' - which remind me of the approach used by Nelson on their 'Brother Harmony' album. Other highlights include the upbeat title track, which has a real summertime vibe and 'The Call', which has an interesting lyrical narrative and provides an alternative subject matter to the predominant love and romance theme. Elsewhere, the pick of the bunch of the older tracks are the poignant 'Hearts and Flowers' and the impressive 'You're Not Alone'.


In Summary
Overall, 'Raining In Mexico' is a pleasant enough listen and fans of acoustic Westcoast music will no doubt look forward to hearing it, but if Innuendo had adopted a ruthless 'less is more' policy to the tracklisting, I suspect I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.


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