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Hot Boy - 1989 Barely Legal

ALBUM: Barely Legal
LABEL: A & R Records (Indie)
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Scream - vocals Chris London - guitar, vocals * Brandon James - bass, vocals * Michael Brittany - drums, vocals * Michael Brittany : Drums, Back Vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Young Wild And Free * 02 I'll Be There * 03 Can't Take Your Love Away * 04 Don't Ever Let Your Dreams Die * 05 Jag Elska Dig * 06 All The Love

Seems this band is as mystical and mysterious as the recent White Diamond fiasco. And though the alter-ego's and pseudonyms were apparent with that band, the same can be said for this Portland Oregon based outfit, who were making waves nearly a decade before. Just who the band originally were, and who they became is still a point of contention. However what is not contentious is the quality of the material on this 6-track beauty. Even though it is just on twenty minutes worth of listening, 'Barely Legal' has been a much revered slice of AOR for many years, and only in recent times have the plaudits come home to roost on this album.

The Songs
As you can tell by the album-cover, the album is melodic hair-metal, in the same vein as Silent Rage, Icon and early Bon Jovi. Yeah, lots of hair, loads of guitars and keyboards and the songs are all pretty good. The essential anthem for the rockin' nation - 'Young Wild And Free' is memorable for all the right cliches heard this side of AOR Boulevard. The follow-up track 'I'll Be There' is a brooding affair, with stabbing keys, prowling guitars and a chorus that brightens the musical picture all in the space of four minutes or so. Punch and rhythm is the order of the day with 'Can't Take Your Love Away', continuing the anthemic feel this album generates. 'Don't Ever Let Your Dreams Die' is more good time melodic rock, with a happy sounding chorus giving hope to the many young rockers out there! Forget the vocal ditty 'Jag Elska Dig', which is a reputed attempt by the singer to convince the world he was Swedish. Well, he failed miserably. The closer 'All The Love' is streamlined melodic rock, with the right dosage of vocals, guitars, keys and drums in the mix. The chorus is a bit repetitive and simple, but when it 's this good, who the hell cares!

In Summary
I read a whole lotta stuff on this band over at the Heavy Harmonies site. Jeez, the people who write some of the comments over there are born idiots! Particularly regarding the price that 'Barely Legal' was selling for on Ebay. Quite simply, supply and demand people. Get the phark over it! If someone wants to pay megabucks for it, then so be it. But don't let that be a reason to slag the band. Anyway, a worthwhile selection of songs for you to track down, from one of the most highly sought after albums in AOR.

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