I guess the band never quit. They just took a 12 year hiatus. Well, they are back with a much harder sound. Gone is the glam look of old. If you look at the photos now, they look haggard and worn, but they can still play. Also, gone is original vocalist 'Dizzy' Dean Davidson. Tommy Paris is the guy that took over. His first time was when "Bite Down Hard" was released in 1991. The songs are harder and meaner.
"Pain" just pulsates through your speakers with the hard driving drums and guitars that also carry a bluesy touch. "Freaktown" is dark and almost a complete 180 degree from their earlier stuff, but they still carry good harmonies here. "T.L.U.C." is really the first time you get to hear that vintage 80's sound with catchy choruses, melodies and harmonies that made 80's Rock fun. What is a BRITNY FOX CD without ballads, right? "L.A." is the first one you hear. Soft, but there is still a little bite on the track. The title track shows guitarist Michael Kelly Smith flexing his fretboard skills on this instrumental and I must admit he is a damn good guitar player. I guess when he had the make up and teased hair, his guitar skills were overlooked by his appearance. After hearing this CD, I am going to have to go back and get the old CDs.
The band pulls out all the stops here and show you that they still have it and boy do they still have the chops to get the job done. BRITNY FOX is back with better songwriting skills and compositions. I guess that old saying is true: "Don't judge a book by its cover." (Online December 6, 2003)