Title: Reflections In A Rear View MirrorLabel: Escape Music
name of Mark Slaughter is one that many will remember from
his Vinnie Vincent's Invasion days, but Mark really made his
impact on the rock scene in a big way in the late 80’s
with Slaughter, with songs like 'Up All Night', 'Eye to
Eye', 'Burnin’ Bridges' and 'Fly To The Angels', that
still hold special memories to many rock fans today and are
still a part of Slaughter's live shows today. So when
it was announced that Mark would be releasing a solo album,
I for one couldn’t wait to hear it.
album sees Mark playing all instruments bar the drums, which
Mark Goodin takes up the vacant drum seat for, with Michael
Wagner doing all the mixing and mastering. These three
individuals have all the right ingredients for a great rock
get underway with ‘Away I Go’ and instantly those
unmistakable vocals make their mark. This hard rocker
really gets the album off to a great start. A gritty
rocker that shows Mark still can deliver the goods.
hard rocking continues on the storming ‘Never Givin'
Up’, which just happens to also be Mark’s first solo
single, of which some of the proceeds went to Red Circle
Foundation, a non-profit organization providing immediate
gap funding assistance to the families of US Special Forces
album is a diverse mix of styles, which you’d expect from
a solo release and one of my favourite tracks has to be the
rocking ‘Miss Elainious’. The tuned down guitars
and big rhythm sections make this one stand-out from the
tempo and mood is switched with the more melodic rock of
‘Carry Me Back Home’, before going up another gear with
the great song ‘The Real Thing’. A real classy
track that not only reflects Mark’s vocals, but also his
guitar playing. A great summertime driving with the
car top down type of track.
album switches tempos once more with the excellent funk
filled rocker ’Baby Wants’, then switches across to a
ballad, which sees Mark duetting with Gena Johnson.
Then it's back to the high octane rock with the ‘Somewhere
Isn’t Here’, a real ballsy anthem rocker that you can
really get your teeth into.
is an instrumental next in the shape of 'In Circle
Flight’, which comes complete with pan pipes and has that
Aztec feel about it, then it's back to the full on rock n'
roll with my second favourite track off the album ‘Velcro
Jesus’. A track that could fit into today’s
Slaughter set with ease,
The album closes with the seven minute epic ‘Deep In Her Heart’, which is my outright favourite track off the album. It's just such a superb track that showcases Mark’s diversity and his boldness in a real real master-class of vocal prowess to round off this great album. While many vocalists of that era have passed their sell-by date, Mark still shows he’s got one hell of a set of pipes on him. 'Reflections In A Rear View Mirror' may hint at looking back over the past, but this is definitely an album propelling the name of Mark Slaughter forward into the future. So just one question, why has it been so long for this his first solo effort?
Review by: Barry McMinn
Away I Go
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