Artist: Julian Angel's Beautiful Beast
Down The Barricades' is the third album from Julian Angel and his
Beautiful Beast and once again Angel does as HG Wells and builds a time
machine and returns to the 80’s, bringing back an album full of Hair
Metal, so much so you can almost taste the Sunset Strip.
the bands previous two releases ‘Adult Orientated Candy' and
'Californian Sun Tan', they have refused to bow down to the man and
deliver good time rock n' roll as it WAS and SHOULD BE. Big
rhythms, bigger choruses and more licks than a ice cream store in
album gets underway in fine 80’s style with ‘Bad Boys Never
Dance’, a track that mixes the raw guitar sound of Dokken with the
tongue and cheek choruses of Kiss. A real old school rocker you
can dance along to.
big licks of the aptly entitled ‘Big Stuff’ has that funk o' metal
feel of King Of The Hill, featuring another big chorus and a massive
guitar riff throughout that really drives this one. These are
continued with the rocking ‘Can’t Stand The Fiction’, before the
groove filled ‘Shock ‘Em Dead’ really brings the heat in big
the best albums of the 80’s had at least one power ballad and keeping
with that tradition this album has a corker in ‘The Night Cries For
You’. This one will have the lighters in the air for sure, then
it's back to the riff laden rock with the excellent ‘Unsexy’, an 'Unskinny
Bop' for the new generation.
title track ‘Kicking Down The Barricades’ is a real meat and bones
rocker that delvers on more levels than the postman at the Empire State
building. Get your dancing shoes on for this one.
‘Shake Me Back Home’ has that Southern Blues vibe about it, before the raw intensity of ‘Shake Me Back Home’ and the soaring licks of ‘High On Love’. The album closes with a little 'Uncle Toms Cabin' vibe of ‘Six In The Red’, which wraps up another unashamedly cool slice of old school rock and I JUST LOVE IT! So get out your cowboys boots and skinny jeans out and back comb your hair, because the spirit of the 80’s refuses to die and I for one hope it never does.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Bad Boys Never Dance
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