Reviewed: October 2005
Released: 2005, Frontiers Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Forty Deuce is Richie Kotzen’s new band. Richie is a former member of Mr.Big and Poison, and besides Forty Deuce he has also a solo career.
Forty Deuce was formed in 2003 during an after hours party in an infamous Hollywood Hills party house. Fueled by true passion for excess the band began their song writing sessions that night. The first song written was “This Ain’t Heaven”.
Their music is described simply as hardrock, but we all know that hardrock is a broad genre. To clear out what the guys really play I’d rather say it’s heavy rock’n’roll added with melodic hardrock at the same time. The production’s main focus lies on lead vocals and a sweet sounding guitar play. Richie, Taka and Ari have made an explosive production that doesn’t sound overdone, they have manage to keep the dirty sound this music demands to sound it greatest.
NOTHING TO LOSE includes 12 tracks as well as a multimedia bonus track. The quality of the songs feel pretty solid and they have put down a lot of work in order to get the material to sound as powerful as possible. But I think that they should have stopped and 10 songs, 12 feels too many.
Some songs worth mentioning are “Oh My God”, “I Still”, “Say” and “Complicated” which are melodic hardrock songs with Richie’s brilliant lead vocals. The up tempo ballads are called “Heaven” and “Stand Up”, the pure ballads are “Standing In The Rain”, “Wanted” and “Nothing To Lose”.
The guys have put all their strength on the first half of the album which may not have been a smart move. The first few songs sound great but then comes the uptempo ballads followed by the pure ballads and you just want to go to sleep. The band have all the potential to go far but to do that they have to make an album with even material and also cut down on the slow songs. The cover art-work only looks strange but what’s new when it comes to this label.
You should buy this if you’re a fan of Richie or if you like heavy rock’n’roll combined with melodic hardrock. Killer tracks are all of the faster songs I’ve mentioned further up in the text.
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