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Unruly Child - 2010 Worlds Collide

ARTIST: Unruly Child
ALBUM: Worlds Collide
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Marcie Michelle Free - vocals * Bruce Gowdy - guitars * Guy Allison - keyboards * Larry Antonio - bass * Jay Schellen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Show Me The Money * 02 Insane * 03 When We Were Young * 04 Tell Another Lie * 05 Love Is Blind * 06 When Worlds Collide * 07 Talk To Me * 08 Life Death * 09 Read My Mind * 10 Neverland * 11 Very First Time * 12 You Don't Understand



This is a band that seem to (depending which side of the fence you sit on) either really get you going or you wonder what all the fuss is about. Originating back in the early 1990's, Unruly Child's initial appearance wasn't the best timed event, but with personnel sourced from the short-lived Signal, German/American outfit Stone Fury, plus L.A rockers Hurricane, interest was always going to be high. Though grunge might have had the majority of the music industry attention back in 1992, the debut Unruly Child album was a truly great album with some tremendous tracks ('On The Rise', 'Who Cries Now') in the vein of House Of Lords and Winger. Unruly Child have released a brace of albums in recent years, but it has been without Mark/Marcie Free, instead Kelly Hansen and Phil Bardowell have stepped in. Earlier on in 2010, we heard rumours of a return to the original UC lineup, and this excited the melodic rock community no end. Signed to Frontiers, the band returned, though the only notable change was the gender change of Free, though 'that voice' is still in fine form. No two ways about it..

The Songs
It's clear to me that the original band have a certain chemistry, and the material on 'Worlds Collide' is exceptional.. timeless within the AOR genre that is. It's not a perfect album, but in this day and age, what is? It goes close, perhaps a top 5 of the year? Most of the songs are propelled by Bruce Gowdy's chugging rhythm guitar work and of course Marcie's signature voice. For a true representation of the new Unruly Child, take a listen to 'When We Were Young', where literally all the worlds collide in one melodic explosion. 'Very First Time' is the bands first single, and official video. The chorus is very Signal like, the song at the lighter end of the scale. No one sings a ballad quite like Free, and 'Tell Another Lie' is another example of how to sing it properly. It's been said before, Free could sing the pages off a phone-book and make it sound interesting. 'Love Is Blind' picks up from 'When We Were Young', indicating to one and all that this lot know exactly which direction they're going in. The title track is the power ballad on the album and soars on the back of some rich melodies thanks to the keyboards and backing vocals. I liked the acoustic nature of 'Talk To Me' plus the melodious 'Read Me Mind'. A couple of songs didn't quite do it for me ('Show Me The Money', 'Insane' and 'Life Death') but in the hands of Unruly Child it's still much better than similar fare from other bands.

In Summary
As a result of listening to 'Worlds Collide', I have gone back to listen to the debut album with renewed interest - review to follow. Without doubt, it's easy to see why some of the melodic rock community went ga-ga over this album, and its plaudits are well justified. To add further interest, Unruly Child will be playing at Firefest 2011, and you can expect the FF faithful to give Free, Gowdy and co a heroes welcome. With a bunch of great material to choose from between 1992 and 2010, they won't be short of quality songs to include in their set. Welcome back Marcie.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2011 22:36:09
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#3 | jefflynnefan on February 10 2011 04:23:27
Thanks for the review. I've been wondering about this one. I haven't gotten it yet but probably will.
#4 | george_the_jack on February 10 2011 08:37:25
This is excellent! Can't stop listening to it.The best album of 2010 IMHO. Pure Class!
#5 | reyno-roxx on February 10 2011 22:39:03
It is indeed one of the better 2010 releases. Certainly more so than the iffy Nelson album from the same label!
#6 | gdazegod on February 11 2011 01:07:53
I quite like that Nelson album, I know it has its detractors, and I hope to review it on the weekend.. a bit of a backtrack on all those late 2010 albums I never got around to completing..
#7 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:24:26
A welcome return for a very classy band, especailly now Mark/Marcie Free is back. initially wasn' completely blown away to be honest, but after a few more spins, i'll reassess my initial thoughts. I still don't like 'Insane' as a song, but apart from that, I pretty much like whats going on on here. Free sounds excellent and the whole sound of the record is rather nice aswell, with a great mix/Production showing off all the instruments to the max. Fave tunes, the excellent 'When We Were Young', 'Neverland' 'Talk To Me' and the closing 'You Don't Understand' is a nice piece aswell. Big thumbs up from me and apart from the slight blip that is 'Insane' a damn fine, solid record.
#8 | roadrunner158 on January 26 2012 16:11:22
I simply don't get this one...most of the songs don't get me overly excited, mostly due to the lack of a very memorable chorus. I'm obviously one of the 'you wonder what all the fuss is about' type of guys mentioned in the review. However, Free's vocals are truly remarkable.
#9 | richardb on February 25 2016 19:54:17
Wasn't overly impressed with the first couple of tracks (don't like 'Insane' it grates). However the quality improves significantly thereon. Mark/Marcie Free is in terrific form throughout.
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