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Personally, I am someone who loved the eighties so if you do, then this could possibly be for you.

This is the latest offering from guitarist Paul Sabu, who plays all instruments and handles production. The album itself is named after the town where vocalist Phil Vincent grew up, and is a mid-paced, commercial Rocker, commercial with some Hard Rock roots. It's not Metal throughout and comes with a fair amount of eighties drum machine-like sounds. While the core itself is AOR, it has influences from diverse places such as Hall And Oates and Fleetwood Mac. Vincent apparently set out to be a "Hard Rock Beatles", but for me personally, the crossover sound is a touch unsurprising.

'Long Long Way To Go' has a fairly catchy chorus, but may be too eighties sounding to get any radio play. 'You Oughta Know' also has a Funky eighties sound, but the guitar is all Rock, reminding me a little of how Michael Jackson used to incorporate Hard Rock guitar within what was essentially a mainstream Pop track. 'See You On The Other Side' has another catchy chorus, with a drum track straight from 1985. 'Trouble Ahead' is a slight change of pace and has a more inventive structure with a little Rock guitar interlude.

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'Fallen' goes into more traditional Hard Rock territory, with meatier vocals and a "hey hey hey" Hair Metal style chorus alongside a Dokken-like sound. 'Queen Of The Pain' carries on the heavier tone with wood block/cowbell punctuation and a nod to Queensrӱche perhaps. 'Let It Go' is a back to basics Metal track à la Def Leppard whereas 'Sea Of Madness' is a dreamy, haze like soup of harmonies and slower paced tempo wise – more like Genesis than ballad-esque. 'Hangin' On' is a return to the Poppier eighties sound, whilst 'Unwanted' has a more monolithic Kings X style approach and is probably the best track on the album, not unlike what Lynch Mob have been producing recently.

This album is a mix of styles, with the unifying factor that its heart lies thirty years ago. Personally, I am someone who loved the eighties so if you do, then this could possibly be for you!

Dawn Osborne

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