It is a great week for classic rock.
on the same day Europe releases their anniversary release of the Final Countdown Mr. Big comes with new music.
A new studio album entitled Defying Gravity which will probably catapult them back into the spotlights.
Mr. Big has given us a nice album here with a soulfull opener being "Open Your Eyes", it has a guitarsound that also could have been on Extreme's Pornograffity back in the days.
Titlesong "Defying Gravity" sounds very fresh and has some interesting vocal lines.
Eric Martin has a great flexible voice which has gotten even stronger over the years.
Get deep into the groove with "Everybody Needs A Little Trouble" and clap along with it. Loving this composition and bluesy rock guitarsolo.
The somewhat southern ballad "Damn I Am In love Again" is for shure chart material and a great song to singalong with around a campfire.
The Guitar intro on"Mean To Me" is so incredible skillfull and at the same time gives me the feeling i am listening to The Who. somehow this sound very familliar.
Nevertheless again great quality. Highstanard bass and guitarplaying.
Nothing Bad (bout Feeling Good) is a predictable and lame ballad, nothing special about it besides i think it is boring.
I am waking up when Forever And Back is reaching my ears, a fantastic powerballad with very strong lead and background vocals.
This is Eric Martin showing his top shape voice to the fullest. Wished it was running longer than 3:47.
Musically straight to the point is "She's All Coming Back To Me Now" with it's nice bassline, lyrically it is dealing with problems getting over a previous relationship. great chorus and a fantastic outro by the way!
O man, 1992 kicks in with a smashing intro and maintains having a groove loving the way they layered the vocals giving it a very rich sound. Lyrically it is looking back at the year they had loads of succes after first being the support act of what would become White Lion's last and completely sold out European tour before they sadly broke up.
This tour and the singles "To Be With You" and "Wild World" did the rest.
I was there seeing Billy perform with his drill back in the days so this brings back good memories.
"Nothing At All" has some soulfull vocals along with bluesy influences as well.
It's all about the fantastic musician here!
"Be Kind" the most bluesy and also early 60's influenced song on the album has some great southern sleasework as well.
Listen to the feel in the bluessolo and the superb ending with great drumwork.
A great way wo finish this album with a positive and self reflecting message, something the world really needs right now!
The album was recorded in only 6 days with original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums).
While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album.
Much of the songs ere recorded live.
The band also took original producer Kevin Elson back behind the steering wheel, which payed off.