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Storm - 1983 Storm

ALBUM: Storm (1983)
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12259
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY-019


LINEUP: Jeanette Chase - vocals, piano * Lear Stevens - guitars, synthesizer, vocals * Ronni Hansen - bass, synthesizer, vocals * Jimmy Monroe - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Settle Down * 02 Runnin' From You * 03 Come Home * 04 Hand In Hand * 05 Anything For Your Love * 06 Play With Me * 07 Pez * 08 Take Me Away * 09 So Long


This L.A quartet released their commercially challenged self titled album back in 1979. Overblown pomp of some substance, and still very much a talking point among pomp/seventies collectors to this day. Their aural bombast was a breath of fresh air at the time, though really, the band were difficult to pin down stylistically, and as such, media had great trouble understanding them. Not so the fans of AOR from that era, who took to the band enthusiastically. Four years later, Storm have toned down their zany antics and have instead concentrated on putting together an artistic piece of work befitting their obvious talent. Again, it's a self titled album, this time on a different label. Still very much the focal point influence-wise is the UK band Queen, though the overall package has more melodic rock and pure AOR than the debut ever did.

The Songs
'Settle Down' is the opening track, and has some nice keyboard parps going on - a great lead-in. The chop/change nature of it smacks a bit of Heart circa 'Little Queen/Dog And Butterfly'. On the other hand, 'Runnin' From You' has a similarity to that one-off Riff Raff album 'Vinyl Futures' with big bucket-like drumwork, while Jeanette screams her head off! 'Come Home' is the ballad, and if you can imagine the three female singers from Tantrum singing a Queen song, then this is it. 'Hand In Hand' owes a debt to the fieriest moments of Queen, including operatic piano, Brian May soundalike guitar flurries and some brutal drumming. A throwback to the debut is the excellent 'Anything for Your Love' - massive vocal harmonies on the chorus and a continuation of the heavy-handed bottom end. 'Play With Me' has elements of hard edged pop, and features one of the guys (I'll presume it's Lear) adding lead vocals alongside his chugga chugga guitar. Some angelic vocal effects precede the track 'Take Me Away', but it meanders in a similar fashion to Canadian keyboard wizards Strange Advance. Thankfully they finish off in a bombastic flurry.. 'So Long' in terms of a songtitle it maybe their epitaph, but this track sizzles with some clever pieces and style changes contained within it.

In Summary
Unfortunately, there is very little other news about the members of the band, and what they all went onto. To be honest, I don't think there was a band who ever came close to matching this outfit (you can discount Queen because Storm emulated them nor the other way round), though Darling Cruel and Canadian band National Velvet made unconscious attempts. Of the two Storm albums, I think I prefer this one, but only just. I would love to see this get an official CD release. The sonic quality of the instrumentation alone is enough to get me excited!

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#1 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:10:04
My love of this album holds no bounds, so when I heard this was getting a long overdue release on CD, you can imagine my reaction. I definately prefer this one to the excellent debut as it has more consistency in the songs & is slightly less 'Quirky' & more balls out than the first one. My fave track is the magnificent 'Hand In Hand', but ALL the others are quite breath taking at times as well.
'Settle Down' is a fabulous opener whilst 'Runnin' From You' is 'Machine Gun' part 2, Storm at their Rollicking best, whilst the light and shade of the disc is added by 'Come Home' with it's almost 'Folky' feel. The most noticeable thing about this disc is the more Led Zep/Queen touch than on the debut, especially on tracks like 'Pez' & 'Anything For Your Love'. I shall say no more - Re-issue of the year! make that re-issue of the decade & one quite magnificent album from start to finish
#2 | Eric on July 27 2008 22:43:06
Heavy Queen influence here but I never got on with Jeanette's vocals and think this group is way over rated.
Is it just me or are there any similarities between this album cover and UK Aviator's 'Turbulence'?

#3 | gdazegod on July 27 2008 23:19:56
Man, those two album covers are practically the same, just flipped from left to right and a few color differences. Wow!
#4 | Nick C on August 25 2008 01:44:05
I seem to remember before this came out as Storm it was rumoured to have the title Raise the Flag, the line/lyric is mentioned in the song Hand in Hand so there could well be some truth in the matter.

I agree with Jez in that my favourite song is Hand in Hand but my fave is album is probably the MCA debut....just about... I like it's weirdness.
#5 | Danielovich on May 28 2010 11:05:44
Just a good album... an anthemic opener with "Settle Down" (awesome track!) but the rest is pretty weak in comparison. It's a pity given their potential!
#6 | super80boy on February 18 2014 00:29:10
Hadn't heard this one in years…Yeah, lots of Queen sounds in a bunch of songs. Really liked the swinging arena AOR of 'Settle Down', the sharp paced 'Play With Me' and the build-up orchestrations in 'Pez'.
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