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Kidd Blue - 2006 Big Trouble

ARTIST: Kidd Blue
ALBUM: Big Trouble
LABEL: Metal Mayhem
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Bobby Blue - vocals * Steve Barton - guitars * Robert 'Sox' Canchola - bass * Mark Dubin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Big Trouble * 02 Crime Of The Heart * 03 Crystal Tears * 04 Restless Eyes * 05 Hold Me * 06 Rocket Roulette * 07 Midnight Train * 08 Affection * 09 Feel Your Touch * 10 Fatal Attraction



Someone was in the right frame of mind to release this slice of hair metal, after being tucked away in the closet for near on seventeen years. Coming 'atcha from 1989, these boys, originating from San Jose, in the lower Bay Area of San Francisco, kinda missed the onramp to the freeway of success. Mind you, by 1989 the hard rock scene was on the verge of change, thanks to the likes of sleaze rockers Guns N Roses and the ever hardening Metallica. Pretty boy rockers who could sing like angels were slowly becoming as rarefied as honest Republicans. Overall, Kidd Blue are an amalgam of Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken and Icon, mixing speed and aggression within the parameters of that late 80's hair metal scene, though the band quote Motley Crue, Kiss and Van Halen as principal influences. Guitar wise, It is easy to see that Steve Barton is a disciple of the late great Randy Rhoads. Just listen to his rhythm playing and his solos.

The Songs
The Ratt like opener 'Big Trouble' sets the scene, complete with big shout-out choruses fit for a summer Stadium concert. Second up is the very commercial 'Crimes Of The Heart' but the primo moment on the album is without doubt 'Restless Eyes'. This is debut era Icon. Surely Dan Wexler would be raising an eyebrow listening to this? lol! Not far behind is another choice cut.. 'Hold Me', which we featured recently on one of our Audio Feeds. 'Rocket Roulette' features some thrilling guitar work, it could sit quite easily on an album like 'Diary Of A Madman' by Ozzy Osbourne, the Rhoads influence a stand-out. The slow-burn 'Affection' slows the tempo down somewhat, but the shredding of Barton is still on extreme alert. Meanwhile, 'Feel Your Touch' is standard fare hair-metal followed by the closer 'Fatal Attraction', featuring an AOR keyboard intro and delicate touches throughout. Despite the dodgy lyrics, this track is another album highlight.

In Summary
Anyone who enjoyed the Perris Records release Blind Date will find something to get excited about with Kidd Blue. Ok ok, take it for granted that 'Big Trouble' features tunes originally culled from analog material, and will not sound as pristine as todays digital offerings. That is a given. But to hear songs of this quality in 2006, seventeen years after the event, makes you realise just how poor some of the current crop of hard rock acts actually are. That, unfortunately, is a huge indictment, and I'm not afraid to say it. Bobby Blue apparently has a deal with Metal Mayhem for two albums worth of material, so with 'Big Trouble' being the first, the call is now on to release the second. We wait with bated breath. Over to you Bobby..

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