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Unruly Child - 2017 Can't Go Home

ARTIST: Unruly Child
ALBUM: Can't Go Home
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Marcie Free - lead vocals * Bruce Gowdy - guitars * Guy Allison - keyboards * Larry Antonio - bass * Jay Schellen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Only One * 02 Four Eleven * 03 Driving Into The Future * 04 Get On Top * 05 See If She Floats * 06 She Can't Go Home * 07 Point Of View * 08 Ice Cold Sunshine * 09 When Love Is Here * 10 Sunlit Sky * 11 Someday Somehow



A year can't go by where an Unruly Child album is released and we're not looking at it. UC's stylish brand of AOR appeals to most of us here, and of course, the dulcet tones of Marcie Free is half the reason why. The band reunites with Frontiers, having had most of their releases handled by the Italian label, though in saying that, the most recent release 'Down The Rabbit Hole Side One' was an independent release. My guess is that Frontiers weren't prepared to issue an EP's worth of material at the time, preferring to wait for a full blown album.

The Songs
The big thing about 'Can't Go Home' is how understated in delivery this album is. You can't compare it to most of their back catalogue, and that might be disappointing to many (understandably), but if this website is mostly about prime-time AOR then the album is a genuine fit. It's moody, contains passages that would be a good fit on those past Lodgic or World Trade albums. Does it mean that 'Can't Go Home' is a progressive affair? Not quite, though with musicians of the caliber of Bruce Gowdy and Guy Allison, Unruly Child's songs could go off in any direction. That they've chosen to go down this melodic but mellow pathway at this point in time will be encapulsated in the content of this album.

In Summary
I will say that I like it quite a lot, and I certainly don't mind the understated delivery of it all. Considering I listen to everything from manic heavy metal to cruisy jazz fusion, then 'Can't Go Home' finds the middle ground with ease. It's just that it won't be to everyone's tastes taking into account Unruly Child's past legacy. If you can see beyond that, then this should find favour.

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#1 | george_the_jack on March 25 2017 13:11:49
Nice and flowing album but far apart from being anything great or essential. The problem is that this is exactly what you'd expect from Marcie and co - a great result and not just a pass. I think it's a bit too soft and patchy after all for what the Unruly Child legacy deserves.

However, the S/T track is brilliant both in terms of music as well as lyric-wise. Really nice that one!

I'm afraid it will be very difficult for Unruly Child to better the excellent ''Worlds Collide'' in the years to come...
#2 | Carl Noonan on March 27 2017 08:39:11
I think this is a fantastic album. Vocals brilliant as you would expect and the playing from the rest of the band is top drawer. This is definitely one that gets better the more you listen to it, as there many parts that reveal themselves over time. If you are a fan of Unruly Child then I would say it's an essential addition to your collection and if you are just a casual fan, give it a try, it's a melodic rock gem.
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