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Jeff Austin Project, The - Go Big Or Stay Home (7/10) - Canada - 2002

Genre: Melodic Rock
Label: Frontiers Records
Playing time: 36:54
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Lisa
  2. Hideaway
  3. Too Late For Love
  4. Forever
  5. I'm A Fighter
  6. Too Many Midnights
  7. Caught Up In Ecstacy
  8. Find A Way
  9. So You Ran
Jeff Austin Project, The - Go Big Or Stay Home
A project in Melodic Rock. I've always been careful and sceptical with these things and THE JEFF AUSTIN PROJECT had not been an exception to that. But of course I took it on still and somehow my Melodic Rock-vein seems to re-awake again, DREAMTIDE, PULSE, HAREM SCAREM, for a long time it gave me nothing, but now my feeling for a part of my musical roots is returning.

First off, this is guaranteed no Metal. There are guitars, also with good solos, but they are firmly within the overall-sound, nothing shreds, nothing roars, easy-going melodies are emphasized here, which remind me of the greats of the Eighties and somehow Canada seems to be a very fertile soil for this kind of music.

Just good Melodic Rock with good melodies, very catchy, but not sounding too often heard still, songs like "Too Late For Love" (no, no ballad!) or the ballad "Forever" or also "Find A Way", just sound good, no question. And then there are two cover-versions, "I'm A Fighter", in the original by VAN ZANT and COBRA (I've been absolutely perplexed when this song started, I still know it from the Eighties, off self-made tape-samplers, copied dozens of times) and "So You Ran" (ORION THE HUNTER). Both really sound good, fit the rest of the songs.

But this brings me to a big, big point of criticism. This is an album, project or band, doesn't matter. Of nine songs two cover-versions and a playing time of not even 37 minutes is bold. I mean, depending on where you'll buy the album, almost half a Euro per minute, come on!

But if you disregard this, you'll get a good Melodic Rock-album, which for sure will not win any prizes for originality, but good average I'd say.

Alexander Melzer



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