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Goudreau, Barry (And Engine Room) - 2017 Full Steam Ahead

ARTIST: Goudreau, Barry (And Engine Room)
ALBUM: Full Steam Ahead
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Barry Goudreau - guitars * Brian Maes - vocals, keyboards * Tim Archibald - bass * Tony Depietro - drums * James Montgomery - guest harmonica * Mary Maes, Terri O'Soro, Joanie Cicatelli - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Need * 02 Layin' It Down (In Beantown) * 03 Time * 04 Treat You Right * 05 Dirty * 06 Keep The Faith * 07 Don't Stop Please * 08 Why * 09 Ball Keeps Rollin' * 10 Reason To Rhyme * 11 All Mine


WEBLINKS: http://barrygoudreau.com

He's a local legend in the city of Boston, and good to see him back with former RTZ bandmates to effectively become the Engine Room. The obvious thing that old rockers will think and say when they see Barry's name in lights is this: 'does it sound like Boston or Orion The Hunter?' Well, to put an immediate parking brake to that question is to respond with a simple 'no'. 'Full Steam Ahead' is a classic rock/blues oriented album with the occasional spurt of energy.

The Songs
The opener 'Need' has Barry swimming his guitar in liquid layers of reverb, sounding like Frank Marino, though in a more tempered mood. It is quite a surprising brash album opener. 'Layin' It Down (In Beantown)' is about where I thought the album might end up. It's a typical brusing blues number more akin to ZZ Top. Heading into slo-mo territory is the blues ballad 'Time', it's followed by the harmonica laden 'Treat You Right', which continues the blues orientation. 'Dirty' is similar to the opener, and there's a bit of organ work happening here too. The remainder of the album continues the dominant blues style, though 'Reason To Rhyme' is the odd-man out, a beautiful extended acoustic number which flows like something The Outlaws did way back in the 70's.

In Summary
If I'm honest, I'll say 'Full Steam Ahead' didn't really get my boilers on fire. I really only liked a couple of tracks here, the opener 'Need' and the lovely 'Reason To Rhyme' are standouts. So unfortunately, did get your hopes up looking for another AOR classic because you won't find it here.

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