Artist: James Christian
is no defying James Christian is one of the most revered vocalists in
the Melodic and Hard Rock genres, with this band, House Of Lords and
also on various projects over the years, as well as two solo albums
along the way.
in 2013 James returns with his long awaited third solo album ‘Lay It
All On Me’, some nine years since 'Meet The Man' and Eighteen years
since ‘Rude Awakening'.
James on the album are a few familiar names Robin Beck, Jeff Kent on
keys, BJ Zamba and David Sherman on drums, Jorge Salas, Jimi Bell,
Shelby Stewart on guitars, as well as James himself on bass and acoustic
album is pure Christian gold and takes us on hell of personal journey as
James reflects on life, love, faith and all points in between, as well
as his personal fight with prostate cancer.
album kicks off with the title track ‘Lay It All On Me’, from this
stunning opener you feel instantly connected with the man and his music,
this is self-empowerment of the highest order.
tremendous melodic rich rock continues with the storming ‘Sacred
Heart’ and the excellent ‘Day In The Sun’, the latter being one of
my favourite tracks off the album. Who can deny that they want
their day in the sun.
has been James’s forte over the years is the ability to truly bring a
ballad to life and he does just that with 'Believe In Me'. This is
James at his vocal best, you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck
rise up as those unmistakable raspy vocals deliver the goods.
tempo is picked up once more with the hard rocking 'You’re So Bad’
and the riff filled thumping anthemic ‘Don’t Come Near Me’, which
has one of the best lines I’ve heard in ages ... “you're
looking so fine you give a blind man a heart attack” ... before
the tempo is brought down with another stella ballad in ‘Let It
Shine’. Again another very personal song that will surely melt
even the hardest of hearts.
back on the gas big style with another great rocker ‘She’s All The
Rage’, before it eases off to cruise control with the excellent
‘Sincerely Yours’ and the bitter sweet melodies of ‘Shot In The
Dark’. The album closes as is opened, with a full on melodic
rock assault with ‘Welcome To The Future’, a track where James
celebrates what is ahead and what has gone before, and with friends and
family you can get through anything.
I said, this is a very personal album and one from which people can
gather inspiration. We wish James the very best of health and hope
to see him and the House of Lords on the road again very soon.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Lay It All On Me
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