Monday, February 6, 2012
By Stephen Kasenda
McAULEY-SCHENKER GROUP “MSG” (1992)
The final album of the duet Robin McAuley and Michael Schenker, which was released in 1992, was the first MSG album I heard. It eventually became my favorite MSG release throughout the band’s entire career. This is an album that was packed with lots of commercial edged melodic rock, powerful ballads, huge harmonic background chants, and thrilling solo. On this record, Jeff Pilson and James Kottak were also strengthening the band’s magical line-up.
"Eve" rolls like an assaulting fireball shot out from Schenker's Gibson Flying-V, reaching the sky with its monstrous chorus. "This Broken Heart" pumps up the tempo and has a danceable chorus. I also love the giant melodic lines in their ballads, "When I'm Gone", "We Believe In Love", and "This Night Is Gonna Last Forever". "What Happens To Me" could have been a wonderful Scorpions track. MSG wisely put the acoustic-based and haunting track, "Nightmare", last – it helps to cool off the heat and closes the album nicely.
This record is clearly a winner to all melodic hearts, and as they have written in the lyric "love like this will never come again", that's what really happened to me with MSG.
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