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Mob, The - 2005 The Mob

Doug Pinnick - vocals
Reb Beach - vocals, guitars
Timothy Drury - keyboards, vocals
Kelly Keagy - vocals, drums
Kip Winger - bass, vocals

Well, looking at the names above, this is quite clearly a supergroup. However, does a supergroup in name equate to a supergroup in music? Well, just about. This is essentially Reb Beach's album according to label Frontiers. Reb put about to recruiting for his new project and bought onboard some very famous chappies indeed. This isn't Winger nor Whitesnake revisited thank god, nor is it an obvious resurrection of eighties hair metal. The sound is eighties yes, but more nineties to my way of hearing. The bluesier and funkier approach applied by Kings X main-main Doug Pinnick leads them along a beefed up near modern rock kinda direction, sort of like Mr Big meets Seventh Key. In places it works, in other places I drifted on by without noticing. That's not a slight on the band, more of what I'm used to hearing.

The Songs
Starting out with 'One Track Mind', the riffs are all Reb Beach signature trademarks played over the top of a straight-forward hard rock track. 'Wait' has an exotic middle-eastern theme running through it, the track is followed by the sing along acoustic ballad 'The Magic'. I quite enjoyed the modern stylings of 'I Will Follow' too, while 'Never Get Enough' is hyper-fuelled rock which cruises along like a bluesier Seventh Key, the guitar solo from Beach is the icing on the cake. 'Turn To Stone' is another ballad which then cuddles up to 'No Reason Why', a track with little excitement value unfortunately. We get a couple of instrumentals: 'Guitar Solo' (very original Reb!) and the terrific 'Spaghetti Western' while 'I Want To Live Forever' is a ballad to end the album, complete with acoustic guitar and gentle keys.

In Summary
Some of you will like this record, while some of you will wonder what all the fuss is about. For me, it's a grower, and I will spend some time with it and get to the bottom eventually. With a line-up of this quality it would be difficult to dismiss this lot so soon. Upon first listen though, I wasn't completely convinced, and usually I should be hearing something that would trigger off my 'thrill-o-meter', but in this case, sadly not. Perhaps there were too many ballads? I think The Mob will join Crown Of Thorns as the most unluckiest band not to make my Christmas List, but good on them for playing music that suits their style, and not to compromise to public opinion.

Produced By: Kip Winger

Track Listing:
01 One Track Mind
02 Wait
03 The Magic
04 I Will Follow
05 Guitar Solo
06 Never Get Enough
07 Love Will Carry On
08 Turn To Stone
09 No Reason Why
10 Spaghetti Western
11 I Want To Live Forever


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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 11:05:17
This album got a fair bit of slagging on other sites, but the vocals of Doug Pinnick over a stripped down Winger works for me. But then I'm a big Kings X fan and love the guys voice anyway.

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