ARTIST: Beautiful Beast
ALBUM: Adult Oriented Candy
LABEL: Rockload / G.T.O.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Julian Angel - lead vocals, lead guitar * Frank Mc Douglas - bass, keyboards * Ro Lee - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Showdown * 02 Do You Want It * 03 Ride With The Wild One * 04 Tokyo Nights * 05 Juvenile Affair * 06 Oh Valerie * 07 Save My Heart * 08 Rock All Arenas (Born To Rock) * 09 Wild Tonight * 10 Still I Dream Of You * 11 Singer And Guitarist In A Hair Band
Julian Angel is a German rocker who has appeared on this site a decade or so ago. Admittedly his music didn't set off fireworks back then, but being championed by the erstwhile doyen of glam Kelv Hellrazer, our Julian has since come on in leaps and bounds. Beautiful Beast is his new vehicle, and with a choice handle for an album 'Adult Oriented Candy', things look like taking off. Gotta hand it to the German ace, he looks the part, his guitar work is killer, and the packaging for his CD looks first class. In fact, I'd go so far as to say his album jacket is the best of 2011.. at the moment. Just take a closer look at the cover, particular around the groin area. Is that a woman's head in a strategic position? lol! Beautiful Beast is Julian's new project that is 100% glam meets hair metal. It doesn't matter that 'Adult Oriented Candy' is chronologically challenged, there is still a place for this kind of music in 2011, and if anything, you gotta check some excellent widdly diddly guitar work from the Angelic One!
The album is fill of the typical glam/hair attributes. Cheesy lyrics, gang-chant and singalong choruses, sleazy rhythms and a backbeat synchronised to the vibration of a patrol car prowling the strip late at night. Let's also be honest and say that Angel isn't the best singer you'll ever hear, but he makes these songs work within the context of the arrangements and presentation. If you've ever heard London
's 'Playa Del Rock' album, then there's a hint for you with the music that resides on 'AOC'. From the gonzo rock 'Do You Want It', to the Danger Danger
like mayhem of 'Ride With The Wild One', there's a bit of everything for everyone. If you want a dose of power-balladry, then 'Tokyo Nights' is for you, or if you want big melodic hair rock, then 'Juvenile Affair' will whet your appetite. 'Oh Valerie' is a real foot-stomper that will have fans of Quiet Riot
taking an interest. Turning up the heat, 'Rock All Arenas (Born To Rock)' heavies things admirably, while 'Still I Dream Of You' hovers between a power-ballad and a melodic rocker with the big chanty chorus. The closing 'Singer And Guitarist In A Hair Band' is a fun time blast that is prime time 80's hair metal resurrected.
In 2010 we had some great albums in this genre. Remember the likes of Crazy Lixx
and Reckless Love
and a host of others? Perhaps Julian was inspired by all of these. If so, he's done pretty well floating on an ocean full of contenders and pretenders. Easy to pigeon-hole this album, and well worth a mention here at GD. If you're into bands like the aforementioned London
, and are still waiting for that killer 2011 glam/hair album to come along, then investigate Beautiful Beat in the meantime.
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