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Chain Reaction - 1982 X-Rated Dream

ARTIST: Chain Reaction
ALBUM: X Rated Dream
LABEL: Attic
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Phil Naro - vocals * Warren Barbour - guitars * Ray Lessard - bass, synthesizers * John Livingston - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 X Rated Dream * 02 One Night Love Affair * 03 Sea Of Flames * 04 Baby Let Me Go All Night * 05 You've Got The Cure * 06 I'd Rather Be A Bore * 07 Looks Like I'm In Love * 08 Keep Our Love Alive * 09 You Have Gone Too Far * 10 You Can't Gimme Money

Canadian outfit from Toronto riding on the back of success from labelmates Triumph and to a lesser extent metallers Anvil. Formed around the guitar talent of Warren Barbour and vocal presence Phil Naro. At the best of times Chain Reaction come off sounding like a commercial sounding version of fellow Canadians Helix, or a poor mans New England, with their brand of good time party rock. They do have a tendency to move their rhythm section into a heavy pop mode rather than a true AOR/melodic rock direction. At times, Barbour lets off a few solos which show his influences leaning toward Eddie Van Halen but to directly compare the band to Van Halen themselves (as has been described in other publications) is way off the mark.

The Songs
The opening duo of songs 'X Rated Dream' and the superb 'One Night Love Affair' are full to the brim with energy, cutting guitar and pounding drums. The intro to 'Sea Of Flames' is an 'Eruption' style guitar blast from Barbour before settling into heavy rock riffarama. 'You've Got The Cure' has an infectious chorus with some nice harmony vocals. 'I'd Rather Be A Bore' (interesting title) has heavy pop overtones, then Barbour breaks out the acoustic guitars for the heavy handed ballad 'Looks Like I'm In Love' and duly returns to crunching rhythms a la New England's John Fannon on the song 'Keep Our Love Alive'. Most of the other songs though are an interesting assortment, listenable but hardly memorable.

In Summary
Chain Reaction only released this one album, and like many other bands of this era, slid out of the limelight before any one had the chance to turn the lights on. Only Phil Naro has moved on, working with the band Talas as well as his own band Naro.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on May 13 2014 00:25:54
I'm going to have to check this cd out. I've heard a lot of different opinions on it though. But still listening to some tracks on Youtube it sounds good.
#2 | Nick C on July 18 2015 07:49:33
I got this many years back when it came out and it took me quite some time to really get into it. It kept creeping into my 'loft albums' as I call them now...i.e. albums that were set aside from the main collection with a view to maybe selling. But it kept avoiding the cull - I kept going back to it and it worked it's way into the main bunch. Not a groundbreaking put your fist in the air and shout yeah kind of album but pretty enjoyable....worth picking up.
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