Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things
Released: June 15th, 2018 / Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3 / 5
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Lizzy Borden is back with his first new studio album in eleven years! Much in the same way that we could always depend on Ozzy Osbourne or Alice Cooper in the eighties to showcase the flashiest, fret burning guitar players; Lizzy Borden seemed like he was cut from this same cloth with former axemasters like Ira Black, Dario Lorina, AC Alexander and of course the classic tandem of Tony Matuzak and Gene Allen all taking turns in the limelight as Lizzy’s faithful hired guns. Well that all stops now.
MY MIDNIGHT THINGS is built around multi-tracked vocal passages over poppy, radio friendly buzz rock. Rumor has it that Lizzy Borden himself handled guitar, bass and keyboards on this album leaving the drums to his brother and longtime partner in crime Joey Scott Harges. Lizzy seems like a solid enough rhythm guitar player, just don’t come in expecting the trademark blazing dual melodic leads his band is known for.
I’ve been a huge Lizzy Borden fan for years and will drop anything in a second to go see him perform live. Having said that; this is Lizzy trying something new as an artist. You got to give him credit for not rehashing the same record over and over again. The leadoff track “My Midnight Things” is pretty catchy with its Stranger Things synthesizers and I can also see “Obsessed with You” becoming a regular part of Lizzy’s live show.
All in all, this will not go down in history as my favorite Lizzy Borden album (at least not initially and it would have to be a real grower to say the least) but I do find it really exciting that Lizzy was such a major part of crafting all these songs and playing all of the instruments. How cool is that? Let’s hope he develops into a guitar virtuoso and can return some of the fire to his studio efforts as his previous works.