OVER THE EDGE is the project of veteran STARSHIP singer Mickey Mouse, ehm, Thomas, I wanted to say. As support Mickey cont(r)acted several old Rock hounds such as Ritchie Kotzen (ex POISON, MR.BIG), Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain (JOURNEY), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER), Steve Lukather (TOTO) etc. and started playing. With such an illustrious back drop you cannot do much wrong, can you?
Basically not, but you could definitely do much better. Because what came from it is a nice, but harmless Pop Rock album of the standard kind. Big names often are just not enough. One, two songs, such as “Thief” with its U2-like solo guitars are ideal for a compilation, but mostly the material is just too standardised to get even into half an ecstasy.
You can find AOR of this kind like sand on the beach, everything nicely arranged and well played, with nice melodies, but anything than convincing. How you can combine great melodies with the necessary crunch, is shown by the last works by SEVENTH KEY (“This Raging Fire“) and Bob Catley (“When Empires Burn“), which also were released via Frontiers Records. Furthermore OVER THE EDGE suffer from a completely foozled cover artwork, which will have people rather look away than at it. No folks, this is a shot into your own foot. (Online June 9, 2004)