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Knight Crawler - 2001 World Of Make Believe


KNIGHT CRAWLER - WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE (2001, A2 RECORDS)
Rick Gingerelli - vocals, accoustic guitars
Dave Wing - guitars
Roger Anderson - keyboards
Bret Deising - bass
Billy Thayer - drums


Background
Lets admit it. Silly name, and dated cover shot of their album 'World Of Make Believe'. It's easy enough to consign this lot to the black metal or 80's period HM lookalikes and soundalikes. Thankfully this is not the case, and they are saved by the mere fact that discerning fans do sit up and take notice, no matter how bad the name is. Yes, despite the unfortunate name and image, Knight Crawler definitely have a home in AOR Central, and have parked up in the lot right beside a band like Captive Heart (MTM, 1996), such is the immediate comparison to them. They have been compared to the likes of REO Speedwagon, Firehouse etc, but in reality, they are way too light even to compare to those guys. Emanating from Minneapolis, these guys have landed a deal with A2 Records, responsible for bringing to you the likes of John Taglieri and MILLION. The album was initially released some years earlier, but A2 rebadged it to coincide with their later album 'Second Nature'. They have a slight hint of new country in them or perhaps that definitive mid-west sound, you decide, but the guitar of Dave Wing is rough enough to land them in heavier territory.

The Songs
Of the songs, 'Tumblin Dice' has a piano based motif leading off then settles quite nicely into a power ballad. 'Ship Of Dreams' has some interesting keyboard passages in it, while 'If You Want Me 2' is a ballad of sorts which tries real hard to be Journey. Their best track 'Paint Me A Picture' is a doppleganger for Captive Heart, while 'Leave It Where It Is' ain't far behind. 'Heartbreaker' is unashamedly 80's that I can still visualise the big hair and MTV reruns vividly. 'Seventh Son' is a bit of a waste of space, being a drum solo and all. I'm not sure why they bothered. However, they end on a good note, doing a cover of the Uriah Heep chestnut 'Stealin'. This one's a live version too.

In Summary
All in all, an interesting collection of tunes. Not really sure that they're gonna set the world on fire but they can only get better. As I said, a name change, the use of a better album cover which perhaps won't misrepresent them, and a few gigs with some established melodic rock bands throughout the mid-west and eastern parts of the USA will do them wonders. For visitors to their website, note, it is a bit slow.

URL: www.knightcrawler.com

Track Listing:
01 World of Make Believe
02 If U Want Me 2
03 Ship of Dreams
04 Tumblin' Dice
05 Sweet Mary
06 Paint Me a Picture
07 Leave It Where It Is
08 City Boy
09 Seventh Son
10 Heartbreaker
11 Stealin'

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#1 | Eric on March 06 2009 01:33:13
One of the members of Knightcrawler was part of a local (Minneapolis) concert promotion company. I remember being in contact with him for two seconds, before he told me in not so many words Knightcrawler were bigger than anything I could offer. Nice. The only reason why they got gigs was because of the promoter connection- other than that- just more bar band AOR. thumbs down
#2 | gdazegod on March 06 2009 02:14:34
I think that might have been Roger Anderson. Looking back, I think I wasted my time reviewing this.. yuk
#3 | trillion1999 on October 28 2011 14:41:26
Of late I have tweaked my bad habit of letting go of records I perhaps did not give a fair chance only if they include a cover which original I remember.Reading this review makes me think that was not a good idea.Frankly sports are not for me but I always found it entertaining what can be done with a frisbee.Thanks!
 
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