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Baby Tuckoo - 1985 Force Majeure

ARTIST: Baby Tuckoo
ALBUM: Force Majeure
LABEL: Music For Nations
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2010, Krescendo, KRECD53


LINEUP: Rob Armitage - vocals * Neil Saxton - guitars * Andy Barrot - guitars * Paul Smith - bass * Tony Sugden - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Rock * 02 Shoot On Sight * 03 Over You * 04 Falling Star * 05 The Lights Go Down * 06 Keep It Together * 07 Maybe * 08 I'm Your Man * 09 Long Way Down * 10 Promises * 11 Rock N Roll Hero

Baby Tuckoo's debut is reviewed elsewhere here at Glory Daze, so their details have already been covered. This follow up to the superb 1984 debut 'First Born' deserves a review in its own right, due to the staggering might of the material. This was surely one of the best melodic British bands of the decade and 'Force Majeure' followed up the debut with a slightly more polished sound, whereas the debut had been often very heavy, but the essential ingredients remained. Armitage turned in another commanding performance, so much so he left to join Accept, leading to the bands breakup.

The Songs
These guys dealt in ready made rock anthems, and 'Rock, Rock', sets the tone with a track that is close to the powerhouse debut, raw and heavy handed. There's a definite Van Halen edge to Baby Tuckoo's music, 'Shoot On Sight' makes that clear, check out those backing vocals. Keyboards are everywhere, dominating the pleasant 'Over You', the first sign of commercial AOR. Nothing can compare to the muscle of 'Catch Me Falling', which is hard rock at its heaviest, wiping out any British band I can think of in 85. The commanding and upbeat AOR of 'Keep It Together' bears repeat listening, marvelous synthesizer stabs coming from all angles. 'Maybe' is an effective ballad, but give me the party metal of 'I'm Your Man', which completely outdoes Van Halen in every area, this could be off 'Van Halen' or 'Van Halen II'. The best is saved for last and the Whitesnake flavoured 'Rock N Roll Hero', full to the brim of keyboards, tough riffs, classic vocals and a hook that doesn't disappoint. Great way to go out.

In Summary
The fact that Armitage never recorded with Accept makes Tuckoo's split even more depressing. British melodic rockers always had trouble sounding American, but these guys did it with such ease that newcomers to their music might be fooled. The fact they could turn their hand to metal, hard rock and AOR at the blink of an eye makes this one for the books.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 20 2014 21:29:14
Rob Armitage sounds like a cross between Dave Meniketti and Sammy Hagar on 'Shoot On Sight'..
#2 | dangerzone on September 21 2016 22:40:55
This album is a masterpiece of British melodic hard rock. One of the best I've ever heard.
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