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Malloy - 2003 Malloy '88

ARTIST: Malloy
ALBUM: Malloy '88
LABEL: Now And Then
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Mitch Malloy - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Mike McConnville - guitar * Tim Wheeler - bass * Phil Richford - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On My Way * 02 Rodeo Girl * 03 She's Young She's Wild * 04 If You Were Mine * 05 Still In Love * 06 Forever * 07 Feel Like Falling In Love * 08 Angeline * 09 Ready For Love * 10 Money Can't Buy Love * 11 Without You * 12 Problem Child


Before Mitch Malloy made a name for himself in 1992 with his successful self titled debut and top twenty single 'Anything At All', he had recorded an album in 1988 - which was half the reason why RCA signed him. Due to public demand (I assume) Now And Then have obtained the rights to release this unheard material, which according to Malloy in the liner notes are the original mixes 'as the original track tapes were lost'. The results are standard late 80's hard rock so typical of that period, with the odd inspirational moment.

The Songs
The opening track 'On My Way' is a beauty, an AOR worthy hook the main attraction. The lack of production hinders precedings marginally, the guitars too up front and dominant, seemingly overshadowing everything else. 'Rodeo Girl' looks and sounds like everything from 1988, you know - a bit of naughty fluff about a dirty little country girl, with a brazen melody throughout. To Malloy's credit it's relentlessly upbeat, offsetting any unoriginality. 'She's Young, She's Wild'...must remember this is 1988 - this one nears Winger's more raunchy moments, 'Seventeen' and whatnot, with its made for strip-joint riffs and timeless lyrics like 'passion burning in her eyes...she looks like she could hypnotise....' (Umm yeah.. too right, were lyrics really this bad? .. Ed). It takes five songs for the first power ballad to arrive, the quite excellent 'Still In Love', reminding me of a slower Scorpions ballad, 'Still Loving You' is a reference point. 'Forever' is a Malloy fan favourite apparently, not surprising with its bombastic chorus and well groomed harmonies, the higher ones courtesy of bassist Wheeler (as per the sleeve notes). 'Angeline' is an often excruciating tearjerker, plodding along with no real sense of melody, a situation put right by 'Ready For Love', a good time rocker with a huge group chorus. 'Without You' is Malloy's answer to Warrant's 'Heaven', and not too convincing either, especially the stale acoustic guitar tactic. The heaviest moment comes last, the non-stop 'Problem Child', an obligatory tear it up. It feels genuine anyway, US hard rock at its purest.

In Summary
Had this been released in 1988 it might have been a chart contender, certainly considering some of the stuff present back then, Britny Fox, Cinderella, Def Le.... etc It isn't anything special when opposed to Wingers debut, but there is a boundless sense of enthusiasm and the melody is well crafted, with most hooks not easily forgotten. You just have to remember this IS 1988, so in reality is hardly derivative of other acts, just easy to compare fifteen years after the fact. As Malloy readies the follow up to 2000's 'Shine', most fans will want to snap this up immediately, as will hard rock enthusiasts in general.

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