Artist: James Christian 
   Title: Lay It All On Me
   Label: Frontiers Records

There 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.

Now 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'.

Joining 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 guitars.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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. 

What 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.

The 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.

It's 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. 

Like 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

Tracklisting:

1. Lay It All On Me
2. Sacred Heart
3. Day In The Sun
4. Believe In Me
5. You're So Bad
6. Don't Come Near Me
7. Let It Shine
8. She's All The Rage
9. Sincerely Yours
10. Shot In The Dark
11. Welcome To Your Future

     

 

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