Memorable tracks are missing and there is little to keep you coming back to this release. It would be great to actually hear what this band can do with a decent mix, better songs, and a decent singer. Maybe just ditch the singer and do ambient dark metal? No idea, whatever they are doing now ain’t it.
Unruly Child: World’s Collide
We hear often about how a new album from the “original line-up” is a return to their glory days. In many cases its just a rehash of their old stuff and nothing special. This release from UC is nothing of the sort and is the best thing they have done since their first two releases. Then again this is a band that saw their lead singer go from being Mark Free to becoming Marcie Free. Despite the sex change his voice is as good as it ever, if not better.
This is classic hard-rock. From the opening track, “Show me the Money,” you know this is going to be a great ride. “When We Were Young” is the obligatory nostalgic track for times gone by, but it never reverts to anything you could consider twee. There is an underlying quality that seeps from every one of these songs that is hard to deny. All those qualities that you would expect from this sort of music is there catchy choruses aplenty, soaring vocals and flowing music. And there is some ballsy stuff on here like the track “Love is Blind”. And, of course, there is the power ballad to end things off nicely in the form of “You Don’t Understand”.
If you like quality AOR, you would be silly to miss out on this release. If you ever liked Unruly Child this is the release to get you back into the band.
On that pomp filled note, it's time to say adieu for another week. Stay safe and rocking no matter what kind peaks your fancy.