Melodic Rock Round-up: July 2015
Dave Ling on new releases from Beauvoir-Free, Dennis Churchill Dries, Ten, Mark Slaughter and House Of Lords
Beauvoir-Free: American Trash
As co-founders of Crown Of Thorns, whose self-titled debut album from 1994 remains a melodic rock touchstone, Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free require no introduction. Signed for a million dollars and managed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, COT should have been huge, though their career stalled when Interscope opted to mothball said debut, later awarded a belated independent release. Although guitarist Free quit within a year, blond-mohawked ex-Plasmatics frontman Beauvoir continues to lead COT.
The question of whether magic might still exist between the pair after so long apart is answered by the sleek, tight groove of magnificent opening number Angels Fly. A track worthy of the COT debut, Morning After is better still. Remarkably, from the hook-driven swagger of American Trash, to lighter-waving ballad Just Breathe and the irresistible Never Give Up the quality never dips.
It closes with the harmonious majesty of There’s No Starting Over, leaving us hoping that a brand new beginning is precisely what’s in store for Messrs Beauvoir and Free.