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Burn (UK) - 1993 So Far So Bad

ALBUM: So Far So Bad
LABEL: Formula One Records
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Jeff Ogden - vocals * Rab DeVenney - guitars * Barney Stackhouse - keyboards * Marc Stackhouse - bass * Karl Bee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Knock Me Out * 02 Maybe It's Love * 03 So Far, So Bad * 04 Standing On The Edge * 05 Boys Night Out * 06 Rip It Up * 07 Time And Time Again * 08 We Are The Young * 09 Doctors Orders * 10 Into The Fire


Here's another great effort from British based band Burn. With an easy name like that you'd think we were talking about a Deep Purple cover band right? Wrong. These guys swing in the same direction of 90's style FM (UK), while you can thrown in a bit of Def Leppard, Little Angels, No Sweat, and Bon Jovi for good measure. This was released on the very small Formula One label, which appears as close to being an independent release for the band, but the quality is very good across the ten tracks on offer. Star of the show without doubt is lead singer Jeff Ogden, who has all the good looks that early Jon Bon Jovi and Paul Laine can throw at the makeup people, while the remainder of the band are all solid performers. The material here is so strong, catchy, and would stand up to a lot of the stuff on major labels and then blow them away.

The Songs
There are some big sounding songs here, such as the opener 'Knock Me Out', 'Rip It Up' and the fun filled 'Boys Night Out'. 'Maybe It's Love' has a lot of keyboards in it, while 'Standing On The Edge Of Love' is their token attempt at a ballad, and it works, with a lot of radio appeal suggesting it could've done well if given a chance. Their best track by far is the killer 'We Are The Young', with pulsing bass lines and a strong anthemic chorus. 'Into The Fire' finishes strongly with some surging passages, complete with a stinging guitar solo and some rolling organ and keyboard work.

In Summary
This album also earned the band a 5K review with the team at Kerrang, as did the follow up entitled 'Spark To A Flame', which is near enough to impossible to track down now. So, obviously these guys were doing something right. Apparently, there is a third album in the works, and a signing to the MFN label, but as in all things, it's probably best to wait and see what happens.

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