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In Your Face
Released: 2010, FNA
For the next few months of the summer of 2010 I’m going to be bring you a series of six (or more) reviews of a great CD reissue campaign by a new, young label FNA Records. My rating reflects the score of the sites guidelines and the appeal to modern fans of heavier genres but if you are a fan of the band and the genre, I would rate this a full-point higher and give it a strong recommendation. Check out the other reviews in the series.
The second reissue by FNA in the Dirty Looks series is their 1986 album, IN YOUR FACE. Much like the first one discussed in the June reviews, it is a totally pro-package with liner notes, lyrics, some pictures and so on. The sound is great, big and boomy just like the band. It’s way better than my old tape which has none of that! The CD comes with a bonus track too!
The band had made strides from the debut but this was still their pre-Atlantic Records days. A continuing refinement of songs was evident as four of the tracks presented here made it on to their 1998 major label debut, COOL FROM THE WIRE. Aside from the stronger song-writing the style is essentially the same, just great rock’ n’ roll catchy sing-along choruses, simplistic driving drum beats and hooky riffs. Henriks odd vocal delivery is duplication of rhyming word patterns, (which I’ve never heard really anywhere else) starts to emerge and it is a unique style that I have long associated with one of little things that make this band stand out.
Certainly recommended for any fan of 80’s melodic heavy music, catalogue miners and collectors alike.
1. She's A Rocker
2. Can't Take My Eyes (Off Of You)
3. You Can't Take Me
4. Put A Spell On You
5. Get Off
7. On Your Back
8. Let Me Go
9. Oh Ruby
11. Nevermore (Bonus track)
Henrik Ostergaard-Vocals, Guitar
A.D. Adams-Drums (tracks 1,5, 7,8,10)
Steve McConnel-Drums (the rest)
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