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That Rock Guy - 2017 Nothin' To Lose



ARTIST: That Rock Guy
ALBUM: Nothin' To Lose
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00151
YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Adam Barclay (a.k.a That Rock Guy) - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums * Marcin Palider - bass * Paul Kaiser - guest guitar solo * Alex Cozzoli - guest acoustic guitar * Erik Wiss - guest hammond organ and guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Superstar * 02 Your Dreams Are Keeping Us Together * 03 Through The Night * 04 One Shot In A Million * 05 Never Gonna Say Goodbye * 06 Bring On The Night * 07 Can't Get Enough Of You * 08 Nothin' To Lose * 09 Without You * 10 Land Of The Rising Sun

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WEBLINKS: www.thatrockguy.com | ThatRockGuy FB Page


Background
This is one album I've been looking forweard to dissecting. He's the Australian Aldo Nova known in the business as 'That Rock Guy'. Despite all my years living in New Zealand and Australia, I've never heard of Adam Barclay before. From what I know, TRG has spent a bit of time living in the UK, so can only assume he's been flying under the radar all that time. He's also been playing all round the world and generating interest, suffice to say, 'Nothin' To Lose' is his debut album.


The Songs
It's an ideal platter for Georg Siegl's record label. The music containing all the elements melodic rockers love but nothing that should'nt go amiss to the GDM regulars. You can immediately pick out the Bon Jovi chants of the opener 'Superstar', while the grooving 'Your Dreams Are Keeping Us Together' ensured things ticked over at a good clip. The guitar melodies on 'Through The Night' were very good, a track highlight thus far. 'One Shot In A Million' is a definite 80's revamp, followed by 'Bring On The Night', a hard driving anthem with a hint of Bryan Adams. 'Can't Get Enough Of You' is possibly the hardest track on offer, though 'Land Of The Rising Sun' is also fairly upbeat, with keys to soften the stance. The two ballads 'Never Gonna Say Goodbye' and 'Without You' are quite good, my preference is the latter.


In Summary
I need to make comment on some issues here. Firstly, I wasn't sold on the vocals. They were adequate but didn't astound. TRG has this Bryan Adams going on, but listening to these tracks, the vocal didn't stand out front and center to me. It tended to blend too much losing definition along the way. Secondly, I would've liked to have heard more keyboard and synth parts. I know this is a guitar oriented album but still, this genre of rock is tailor made for keyboard embellishment. I really only heard it in the last track. However, the guitar solos were superb, and I love it when reverb is used to effect. Not quite George Lynch from the bad old days of Dokken, but you get my drift. Overall, a solid album, if a touch too predictable.


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