Title: American TrashLabel: Frontiers Records
you're familiar with Crown Of Thorn's debut album, then the names of
Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free will be no strangers. Now in
2015 the pair are back together for their fantastic new
album 'American Trash'.
pair both moved back to LA in 2003 and re-connected. They
discussed joining forces again for a new project and after a
few shows in Europe in 2013, a deal with Frontiers was inked
for a brand new album to be recorded in 2014. The result
of which is the amazing 'American Trash'.
of the Crown of Thorns debut know exactly what this pair are capable
of when put together, and American Trash takes that C.O.T. sound
and brings it into the now.
album gets off to a flyer with ‘Angels Cry’, an instant
winner from the off, Beauvoir still has the vocal might and
brings the heat on this one.
hard rocking continues with ‘Morning After’, a real tasty
mid-tempo hard rocker with Free throwing out the lick like
six string confetti, alongside a fantastic orchestration.
up it’s the hard hitting title track ‘American Trash’,
another big driven lick for Free and Beauvoir responds with
a fantastic vocal. There is an air of funk about this one
that makes you want to get your groove on.
more traditional Hard Rock comes in the shape of the
excellent ‘Whiplash’, before the wonderful ballad ‘Just
Breathe’. This is Beauvoir at his most
soulful. A real
heart-tugger, before it's foot down on gas once more with the
rocking ‘Shotgun To The Heart’.
tempo is brought down again with the semi-acoustic ballad
‘Never Give Up’, this one has a air of C & W about it
another superb vocal from Beauvoir once again, then its all
guns blazing once more with the storming ‘Cold Dark
December’, another Free special on this one as he mixes
Hard Rock and Funk as only he can.
‘It's Never Too Late’ is another mid tempo rocker very much in the Crown of Thorns vein. The album rocks out in style with the excellent ‘She’s A KO’ and album closer ‘There’s No Starting Over’, another driven guitar fuelled rocker that wraps up one of the album of 2015 for sure. There is an old cliché that goes “All killer no filler’ and that phase was meant for this album. It's just eleven tracks of pure Hard Rock ear-candy. If you're looking for the perfect summertime album then look no further. This is not so much American Trash as more like American Class!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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