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Beggars And Thieves - 2011 We Are The Brokenhearted

ARTIST: Beggars And Thieves
ALBUM: We Are The Brokenhearted
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Louie Merlino - vocals * Ronnie Mancuso - guitars * Erik Gloege - drums * Blake Newman - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Come Undone * 02 Oil And Water * 03 Innocence * 04 Never Gonna See You Again * 05 Beautiful Losers * 06 Seven Seconds * 07 Stranded * 08 Washed Away * 09 Midnight Blue * 10 We Are The Broken Hearted



Beggars And Thieves were part of the hair metal phenomenon during the late 80's. Yes, they joined the hairspray brigade rather late, opting instead to join the paisley waist-coat battalion that were all the rage when it came to turning over 80's decade into the 90's. Signed to Atlantic, the foursome of Merlino, Mancuso, bassist Phil Soussan (formerly of UK melodic rockers Wildlife and Ozzy Osbourne) plus drummer Bobby Borg released their debut record in 1990. It was well-received, and everything was going to plan except for the changing musical landscape, which knocked just about every melodic rock act for a six! B&T were heavily impacted, disappearing off the scene, and having two albums released by MTM Music later on in the decade as a retrospective of the band. Much to the surprise of many, B&T returned to the spotlight courtesy of their appearance at Firefest 2010, and the Las Vegas based outfit followed it up with a late 2011 comeback CD entitled 'We Are The Brokenhearted'. The fact that this CD has turned heads is a testament that classic rock in its purest form, will always rise to the surface like cream over milk. The new Van Halen is surely proof in the pudding!

The Songs
Without doubt, Merlino and Mancuso have added the element of 'cool' to B&T, and this you can hear quite clearly in their songs. Most of you will have heard 'We Come Undone' as their lead-off video from the album. Resurrecting the sound that made Diving For Pearls such a huge hit in 1989, this one is a definite eye-opener and wakener among those melodic rock fans who were about to drift off to sleep at the tail end of 2011. Equally engaging, 'Oil & Water' might be two constrasting elements, but the same can't be said about Merlino and Mancuso, who act as virtual bonding agents of superglue of the most melodic kind. Picking up the intensity, 'Innocence' is more of that rollicking Diving For Pearls style from yesteryear, Merlino and Danny Malone perhaps sharing the same vocal coach? The acoustic flush of 'Never Gonna See You Again' provides a subtle backbone, which lets this dreamy tune drift from one point to the next. 'Beautiful Losers' sees the inclusion of some slide guitar, though it comes across as an urban and neighbourhood friendly rocker. 'Seven Seconds' is perhaps B&T at their darkest and cynical but there is no loss of form. 'Stranded' is a great listen too, but the coup de grace comes in the form of 'Washed Away', a totally captivating blues-oriented track with a killer guitar solo from Mancuso. I've played this song to death over the last few months.. enough said. 'Midnight Blue' is the energizer bunny track on the album, with its Diving For Pearls meets U2 style of 80's rock. Yes, a strange combination, but it works! The last track, which is the title track must surely be an ode to 80's rocker Billy Squier, what with those big regimented drums, gang chants galore and team choruses. You know what I mean? You got it!

In Summary
It's no surprise this album got given kudos all over the inter-globe during the year-end wrap-ups. So too among the GD writing brigade. Great to see so many people reading off the same page, it's just a pity Frontiers left it so late in the calendar year to get the album released. An earlier release would've seen this album given a higher profile during 2011. As it is, we (or should I say 'I') have only gotten around to reviewing it, nearly 5 months after release date. But good oil always rises to the top, and so does this CD.

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#1 | george_the_jack on March 05 2012 18:47:16
Great album and review. These guys are trully talented!
#2 | roadrunner158 on September 10 2012 14:36:47
Very good, but some more songs with catchier choruses would have been great. However, a real grower.
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