Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2004 Articles » Martin, Eric - 2004 Destroy All Monsters
 
Martin, Eric - 2004 Destroy All Monsters



ARTIST: Martin, Eric
ALBUM: Destroy All Monsters
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 174
YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Vocals - Eric Martin * Guitars - David Simon-Baker, Jeff Watson, Chris Wilson, Pat Gilles, Andre Pessis, Eric Martin * Bass - Mark Chole, John Wuopio, John McDill, Kenny Gradney * Drums - Denise Martin, Tommy Rickard, Richie Hayward * Keyboards - Billy Payne * Strings - Andre Pessis * Flamenco Guitar - Don Soledad

TRACK LISTING: 01 What's The Worst That Can Happen * 02 Kansas * 03 I Woke Up Late * 04 Janie Won't Open * 05 Where Are You * 06 You're Too Good For Him *07 Living In Black And White * 08 Something There * 09 What If * 10 I Can Die Now * 11 Burnin' My Mind

WEBLINKS: www.ericmartin.com


Background
The beginning of 2004 seems to have a very Mr Big flavour in the Now & Then/ Frontiers camp. Feeling like a yin to compliment the yang of the Mr Big tribute album, comes 'Destroy All Monsters', another selection of songs from their one-time front man. Before we delve into the music on offer, I'd just like to pass comment quickly about the sleeve artwork. This is one of the best sleeves I've seen on a Frontiers release for a while. It really looks like thought has gone into it. I like the surrealistic element - it reminds me of all those old Storm Thoergerson/Hypgnosis oddities from the seventies. Great stuff.


The Songs
'Save It For A Rainy Day' is an up tempo rocker in the spirit of the old Eric Martin Band. Eric is in fine vocal form - perhaps a little edgy - but despite the right musical ingredients all being present, it comes across as being a little too tried and tested. 'Kansas', which follows, works better for me, though I can imagine its jaunty quality may annoy the hell out of some of you. Imagine if you will, 'Lazy Sunday Afternoon' by the Small Faces with a hard rock slant and without the English humour. A world away from classic Mr Big, for sure, but Eric pulls it off with charm and even makes the oft used 'we're not in Kansas any more' line sound fresh. 'I Woke Up 2 Late' has a very pleasing guitar riff during the verses and then really kicks in with a good time spirit for the chorus. If I didn't know any better, I'd think was an unused song from way back when, but like most of the other songs on this album, does not really deliver anything new from Eric - and it's mostly stuff you've heard him perform better in years gone by. 'Janie Won't Open' is classic. A great guitar riff meets a superb vocal for a very infectious chorus, guaranteed to please the most critical listeners. Back in the day when melodic rock stars were signed to major labels and released singles, this would have been a hit for sure. If I can't shift the chorus out of my head soon, I think I'll go mental. 'You're Too Good For Him' marks the first ballad here and despite other lacking moments, Eric still delivers when it comes to the softer stuff. His voice is still easily recognisable and has worn well over the years, but the real star here has to be Don Soledad, whose flamenco work adds a really nice quality to what could've been just another ordinary song of lurrve.

'Living In Black & White' is slightly harder, but is well placed on the album as it's still soft around the edges. Sadly, though, even though there nothing technically wrong with the song, apart from Eric's vocal, there isn't much to leave a lasting impression. 'Something There' - like 'Janie Won't Open' has the right ingredients to make it work and is another one of those tracks which, in days gone by, may have made for a decent single. It's again the tried and tested formula for hard rock with absolutely no surprises, but comes with Eric on top form; I had to smile when I heard him sing the line 'I'm just a sucker for a pretty face, I'm stupid, I can't help it'. A nod back to Eric's past glory and a self-depreciating humour. It's moments like this which tell me Eric's still got what it takes - he's just not using it so often - especially when you consider the last four songs on the album are instantly forgettable. Closing the album is a cover of the old Bread song, 'If'. Most of you will remember that the original version was [to quote Edmund Blackadder] 'as wet as a fish's wet bits'. Well, Eric's re-vamped hard rock version doesn't have much of that cringe-worthy soppiness, as he and his chums have chosen to play it at manic speed, with a full on rock tilt. If you thought his cover of 'Stop In The Name Of Love' was terrible, you definitely never want to hear this - it's truly appalling. I imagine even Telly Savalas can now rest easy for his musical crimes.


In Summary
Apart from a few obvious stand out moments, 'Destroy All Monsters' doesn't quite hit the mark, despite trying really hard. Most of you will be better off sticking with your old copies of 'Sucker For A Pretty Face' and 'I'm Only Fooling Myself'.


Related Articles
N/A


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Hammerfall - 2002 Crimson Thunder, Mara - 1992 Poetry And Motion, Skid Row (USA) - 1995 Subhuman Race, One - 1987 First One, Doucette - 1979 The Douce Is Loose, Lake, Greg - 1981 Greg Lake, Hamilton, Joe Frank And Dennison - 1976 Love And Conversation, Threshold - 1995 Livedelica (EP), Kansas - 1980 Audio Visions, April Wine - 1979 Harder.. Faster.., Best Of 2011 - 2012 (jeffrey343), 21 Guns - 1992 Salute, Frampton, Peter - 1981 Breaking All The Rules, Charlie - 1977 No Second Chance, Buckeye - 1979 Buckeye
Tags©
Astral Doors Trickster Constellation Bon Jovi Lucifers Friend Stephen Bishop Inglorious Molly Hatchet Dockers Guild Rock Candy Records TKO Accelerator Roadstar Ali Thomson John Schneider Frank Soda The Imps Kooga Tina Arena Oliver Dawson Saxon The Storm Love Hunter EP Robbin Julien Dagger Blackfoot Huey Lewis Clover Best Of Decade 2000-2009 Thunderstone Colosseum II Cotton Soeterboek Band Flash And The Pan Grannie
All Tags
Search DDG