KEEGAN is/was the sole project of Swedish guitarist Jeff Keegan, I remember feeling sorry for this Jeff Keegan fella. It’s been five - four years since somebody ordered both of his CDs home to the local CD shop hoping to spread the word of classic Heavy Metal music yet every time I enter the shop they remain on the shelves… and now I understand why.
If your Metal ranking hadn’t gone past “initiation” levels at the time when “Mind No Mind” was released you’d probably loved every second of it, the sound of eighties Hard Rock production values entwined with unadulterated Heavy Metal music would’ve been hard to resist.
The ten tracks embody all that’s Metal from the old days when the vocalist didn’t know how to sing properly and the mix of heavy and soaring lead guitars ruled the world. Some songs have more than just the simple song writing formulas used by Hair Metal bands in the eighties. Examples would be the fast bass licks on “Lean On Me” and the track “Money Rules”; a ballad of some kind using different time changes, heavy, acoustical and even a tad symphonic in places.
I think this album is for the old timers, those who got into Metal when in the hairy days with bands like POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, MAIDEN, SAXON, TWISTED SISTER, JUDAS PRIEST, WARRANT, the kind of bands who weren’t taking the music too seriously going through a number of progression phases which is all the more apparent for many bands today.
To me, this is a honest albeit boring and outdated album with a rushed sound, I simply can’t connect with the Metal sound the way it sounded two decades ago, please take me back to the present… now! (Online November 1, 2004)