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Nova Rex - 1992 Blow Me Away

ARTIST: Nova Rex
ALBUM: Blow Me Away
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: C-2000
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Abbie Stancato - lead vocals * J.P.Cervoni - guitars, keyboards * Kenny Wilkerson - bass * Tim Berry - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bitch * 02 Think Of Me * 03 Children Of The Night * 04 Can't Find Love * 05 Alone Tonight * 06 Black And Blues * 07 Blow Me Away


Geography wise, this four piece are from America, with two guys from Indianapolis and Abbie who can certainly hold a tune is from Pittsburgh and J.P.Cervoni, who obviously can hold a guitar and plays it very well, is from Los Angeles. History wise, I understand that they released at least 4 albums, one of which being part Greatest Hits as recent as 2010, although why they missed off 'Can't Find Love' is a bit of a mystery. I can't speak for the other albums, but they seemed to be dubbed into the sleaze genre, well that isn't the case for the majority of this album.

The Songs
It seems that Nova Rex's creative formula on 'Children Of The Night' is that having established a great melody, just keep working on it and keep repeating the listener in submission, just like New England did with 'Never Want To Lose Ya'. So who can blame them when it's this good, it drills the hook into your head and leaves a nice smooth chamfer. More recent Line Of Fire is a good reference, with the likes of From The Fire to provide more applicable timing, although it does have an earlier feel.

This AOR stream continues with 'Can't Find Love', stirring stuff, this time they have gone for that 'Don't Stop Believin' tag of a guitar riff somewhere in the distance which gets closer and closer, and it's that bit while everything else is going off around you that is the key aspect, it seems to be in your peripheral version but you are always aware of it. This is mature AOR, tense, but damn well pleasing. The beautiful times continues with 'Alone Tonight', with the keyboards wash over the decks, heart beating guitar, picked from the depths of the debut from Heartland and the commercial aspects of Roxus. We all should be able to listen to this; I do not need to stay in a privileged seclusion.

If this was just a 4 track EP, then it would be up there in the realms of Avalon and Runner. It's these successes on albums like this that re-ignites my passion for collecting and listening to AOR, again I want to go to record fairs, scour eBay to look for likewise AOR treasures, dig out old AOR fanzines to see what I have missed off my wants lists, (lists?, who I am kidding, more like a series of encyclopaedias). It's fun again to dwell in a sea of crying guitars the dut dut of keyboards and appreciating the creativity of artists like these.

Acoustic guitars are despatched from guitar cases for the low-keyed 'Black and Blues', shades of Whitesnake without the needless huffing and puffing. Yes a diversion, but a chance to show the talents of Nova Rex, but saying that I was happier tramping around in fields of golden AOR syrup that they had earlier cultivated. The title track has the same issues with Wayne Rooney position in the World Cup; both really should have started up front from the start. This has a Y&T attitude but draped in keyboards, not wimpy but more like the power of House Of Lords, Guiffria era of course, but mixed with a tease of hair metal. This is party hardy fun, back in the days of Teeze.

Really five of the tracks included here speak volumes, whereas the opening pairing, while more acceptable after a number of plays show that the band really should have brought in a proof reader to pick out the anomalies. So let's have a quick look back at the opening pair that if you read other views on sites you can see where all that consternation comes from. 'Bitch' is probably OK in the context it was set. A touch pedestrian, shades of Extreme without the funk. While 'Think Of Me' is immensely wimpy, in fact even someone like David Gates from Bread would be able to duff them all up and walk away without a scratch. It does have a nice Journey guitar segment but the backing vocals show a passing reference to old 70's television advertisements.

In Summary
Someone in the group certainly had big plans, as you could join their Fan Club International, with the option to buy T-shirt's, baseball style caps and posters. But the expenditure spent employing a marketing department, meant obviously they had less to spend on the art work, and when was mustard ever the fashionable colour? But I am being dreadfully picky, because they got off their collective backsides and manage to self-release this cd and they show they could certainly write the odd great tune. The search starts here for their other albums although I do have a nagging doubt about parting with large amounts of cash before actually hearing what progress genre wise they developed with later albums.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 04 2014 14:32:37
Here's a good site to source Nova Rex albums.
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