Monday, January 23, 2012

Melodic rock CD of the week

By Stephen Kasenda

ROXY BLUE “Want Some” (1992)

If only "Want Some?" was released 4 years earlier, Roxy Blue could have enjoyed big sweet success. But with all eyes on Nirvana and the gang in 1992, MTV only gave them a little spot for one of their songs, "Rob The Cradle", and Roxy Blue just vanished into nowhere. However, for many hard rock fans this album is considered one of the great records of the 90s, with "Times Are Changing" being one of their power ballads that was still occasionally aired on the local radio.

Produced by the legendary Mike Clink, who's responsible for GNR's “Appetite For Destruction”, their sound fell between Skid Row and Poison with high-octane guitar shredding. "Too Hot To Handle" cranked up the heat, "Luv on Me" showed their tender side, and the best-of-it-all is the loudest fast-paced "Love's Got A Hold On Me". They were a badass band with bad timing but this is an impeccable and stunning album that should be in your collection.

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