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Lynn Allen - 2015 Streetlight



ARTIST: Lynn Allen
ALBUM: Streetlight
LABEL: AOR BLVD
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bill Peiffer - vocals, guitars * Paul DePauw - guitars * Barry Vestal - bass * Kevin Sampson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wheels Keep Turning * 02 Falling * 03 What It Is * 04 Streetlight * 05 Kickin' Myself * 06 Drive * 07 I Will * 08 Today She Is On Fire * 09 Friendzone Paradise * 10 She Is The One

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WEBLINKS: www.lynnallen.com


Background
This Iowa band have been a long-time favourite of Kelv Hellrazer. He has championed their cause going right back to the 80's. And deservedly so, because their longevity is based on main-man Bill Peiffer's ability to pen a decent tune, and he continues to do so, riding in on the back of 2015's effort 'Streetlight'. The album, in some of the on-line reviews that I've read, have described 'Streetlight' as a little under-powered. Moving away slightly from the typical hard rock/AOR direction we're familiar with, to a more power-pop direction. Now coming from a Mid-west location, that wouldn't be a million miles away from reality, considering the general locale is a well-considered hot spot for those of you with an appreciation of the skinny-tie sub-genre. I don't think Lynn Allen get down to that level on this album, but comparably, it might be considered lighter fare when stacked up against 'Nine' and 'The Horse You Rode In On'.. their last two studio efforts.


The Songs
It's all very user-friendly but with a small degree of grit. The guitar riffs keep things very much in the hard rock groove, as you can hear with the first pair 'Wheels Keep Turning' and 'Falling'. Of note is the pumping bass work of new boy on the team: Barry Vestal. Good lad! Things are pumping along with the nicely constructed 'What It Is', while the title-track 'Streetlight' is equally compelling. Hard rock lite? Yes.. Things get even lighter with the ballad 'I Will', though things return to normal with 'Today She Is On Fire' and 'Friendzone Paradise'. Could I be correct in saying the best track is left until last. 'She Is The One' perhaps describes Lynn Allen's music to a tee. Lightweight hard rock with catchy choruses and sugar-bullets throughout.


In Summary
You'll appreciate how tight and compressed this album is, most songs operating at the two and a half minute mark. No big epics to be found anywhere. Billy still seems to be having fun with Lynn Allen, and no doubt the band will be presenting themselves in a Midwest bar near you. Go check them out and tell them GDM and Kelv sent ya!


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