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Over The Edge - 2004 Over The Edge


OVER THE EDGE - OVER THE EDGE (2004, FRONTIERS)
Mickey Thomas - vocals
Fabrizio Grossi - guitars, bass, keyboards
Kenny Wilkerson - bass
Biggs Brice - drums

Solo spots on guitar: Rob Vanni, J.M Scattolin, Neal Schon, Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather
Background vocals: Francis Benitez, Mickey Thomas, Fabrizio Grossi, Josh Johnston


Background
Look I'll admit it, I'm a huge huge fan of Mickey Thomas. Even as far back as Elvin Bishop and of course his vital years with Jefferson Starship/Starship. In fact, he's in my top 10 singers of all time. But this.. Over The Edge album, well.. despite the best intentions - it is well wide of the mark. Sure, it's great seeing the man back in the saddle but this smacks of a compilation of songs that doesn't do the man any justice whatsoever. Every song on the album has been written by different people. The mixture of writing styles contrasts too much to these ears, despite them probably being good efforts in their own right. I think the production isn't quite right either, sort of like other Frontiers efforts like Two Fires and MTM Music signings Firefly. Only occasionally does it work, but more often that not, you the listener are left confused wondering what you're hearing. Some may have read the review over at the Belgian Rock Report website.. 10 out of 10. Good god, what were they thinking?

The Songs
Lets get onto the goodies first. The opener and title track 'Over The Edge' is a great scene setter and could be reminiscent of that lovely one-off album by The Vu. On the other hand, 'One World' sounds as if it should've been left for John Waite to sing. The clever lyrics by Neal Schon and Jack Blades looks as if it has the mark of Waite all over it. Even Mickey's vocal rendition has a Waite inflection. Listen to it, I'm sure you can pick the bones out of it. A modern melodic rocker called 'Thief' appears courtesy of Martin Stenmarck. Think of any dozen modern rockers from the year 2000 (a la The Calling, SR71, even Harem Scarem etc), and you can hazard a guess as to what this sounds like. Not bad though. Despite the title 'Forest For The Trees' is a captivating track, quite robust in sound, stirring choruses and a solo that captures the energy of the performance. Very good. Onto the not so good. The lyrics on 'Surrender' (surprisingly a Neal Schon/Jack Blades tune) are so banal you just have to chuckle at the silliness of it all. Check this out.. Come on baby surrender, you got me down on my knees yeah.. Come on baby surrender, I know you got what we need.. My god, We've got grown men writing this drivel. The tune written by husband and wife team Freddy Curci (ex Sheriff and Alias) and Laura Cody called 'The Man In Between' sounds so limp, you just have to wonder what it is he's between. Even the wonderfully titled 'Glory Day' (awlrighttttt!) can't save the day. No glory daze here I'm afraid. The annoying vibrato effects particularly on the guitar work kill the song for me unfortunately.

In Summary
Like many of the Frontiers releases, they are either hit, or miss. This one is a definite miss, as I doubt you'll find enough classy material to make you want to come back for a repeat dose. Lets look forward to Pride Of Lions 'The Destiny Stone' instead eh?

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Track Listing
01 Over The Edge
02 One World
03 Thief
04 Surrender
05 Eyes Wide Open
06 Forrest For The Trees
07 The Man In Between
08 Cover Me
09 Turn Away
10 Glory Day

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:03:59
Not bad, starts well, buts dies off half way through. Alot better stuff to spend the hard earned cash on.
 
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