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Healey, Jeff (Band) - 1992 Feel This

ARTIST: Healey, Jeff (Band)
ALBUM: Feel This
LABEL: Arista
SERIAL: 07822-18706-2
YEAR: 1992-


LINEUP: Jeff Healey - vocals, guitar * Joe Rockman - bass * Tom Stephen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cruel Little Number * 02 Leave The Light On * 03 Baby's Lookin' Hot * 04 Lost In Your Eyes * 05 House That Love Built * 06 Evil And Here To Stay * 07 My Kinda Lover * 08 It Could All Get Blown Away * 09 You're Coming Home * 10 If You Can't Feel Anything Else * 11 Heart Of An Angel * 12 Dreams Of Love


Album number three from The Jeff Healey Band continued where 1990's 'Hell To Pay' left off, featuring a sound that owed itself more to rock than blues. In fact, I don't have any problem calling this a hard rock album. Definitely not metal, not hair metal, not really AOR, but straight-forward rock with balls. The song structures remain uncomplex, but Healey really lets loose with his guitar all over this album. The debut album 'See The Light' featured some fiery playing, 'Hell To Pay' less so, but the amps are turned up a notch here. And the blues are not forgotten by any means; rather just not quite as prominent as before.

The Songs
Opener 'Cruel Little Number' establishes the tone of this album in a big way. As the debut single, it did very well on the U.S. rock chart. 'Leave The Light On' is another song full of melody, and it was single number four. 'Baby's Lookin' Hot' keeps up the pace going. Tom Petty had penned 'Lost In Your Eyes' years before, and it had appeared on Don Johnson's 1986 'Heartbeat' album. The version here is infinitely better, and I think this song could have been another 'Angel Eyes'. It was the third single, but alas it didn't make much of an impact on the charts. Following that more subdued track, 'House That Love Built' seems even heavier than it already is and dispels any notion that this isn't a pretty heavy album compared to previous efforts. The 12-bar blues format appears on 'Evil And Here To Stay'. It's hard to imagine the blues done harder than in this song. 'My Kinda Lover' is not the Billy Squier song, but it is similar in that it is a really great rock song. 'It Could All Get Blown Away' slows down a bit to let you catch your breath. 'You're Coming Home' was the fifth single. Similar to 'Lost In Your Eyes', it's a ballad-like song that could have been a hit if the stars had aligned properly. I know most of us want nothing at all to do with rap. But 'If You Can't Feel Anything Else' does contain some rap performed by Jr. John, and it actually works. This is another one with the 12-bar blues structure (more like 24-bar, as it stretches the form). Since I digitized my music collection several years ago, this song has appeared on as many playlists for working out as just about anything else. Healey absolutely scorches on this one, with all sorts of screaming sounds with plenty of glorious feedback. And the rapping part, believe it or not, really adds to the song. Others may disagree, but this is truly a superb song to me. And one that is hard to follow up, but 'Heart Of An Angel' has one of those riffs that sticks in my ears like peanut butter to the roof of my mouth. It was the second single and had some success on rock radio. 'Dreams Of Love' is both atmospheric and rocking, a great way to end this fine album.

In Summary
This album wasn't as big a hit as the first two, but I sure did enjoy it from the moment I got it. It built on the direction from 'Hell To Pay' while re-incorporating some of the flashy guitar work from 'See The Light'. I would imagine that true blues fans who enjoyed 'See The Light' were not appreciative of the direction of the following albums. While researching this album, I came across a review from 1992 that gave this a 'D-'. While I initially seethed ("How dare he insult this great album!"), I realized that he was looking at it in context with other blues albums. And this is definitely more towards hard rock than blues. I feel I'm more than qualified to give this album an 'A' (so there, reviewer from 1992). This would be the end of his rock era for a while, as his next album in 1995 was a blues covers album. He continued to perform and churn out the occasional album until his untimely death from cancer in 2008 at age 41.

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