Released by: Frontiers Records
Release Date: October 21st, 2022
Genre: Melodic Rock
Chez Kane – Vocals
Danny Rexon – All Instrumentation
Jesse Molloy – Saxophone
I Just Want You
(The Things We Do) When We’re Young In Love
Rock You Up
Love Gone Wild
Children Of Tomorrow Gone
I’m Ready (For Your Love)
Streets Of Gold
Guilty Of Love
The nostalgia of the 80s has always managed to survive in one way or another via the countless amount of bands and hits that regulated the Radio and TV for years in that era, many that still cycle today through what is called the “mainstream media/radio”.
Many of your peers now can’t hide the influences of where and where they grew up, hard to deny that 80’s rock didn’t have a play in so many things. Whether you think the style was cheezy or flamboyant, probably all of those things, one thing you can’t deny is the number of hits that era produced. So it’s natural to see bands today still influence by bands of yesteryear.
British newcomer Chez Kane is certainly one of those artists, having already a breakthrough debut album released in 2021, many in the scene we’re looking forward to the sophomore release. Well here it’s, can she manage to overcome the sophomore jinx?
Things kicks of Hot and Heavy with The single “I Just Want You” which portrays a longing feeling and vibe that sucks you in with a little bit of Sleaze and Melodic Rock that we expected from Chez. Nicely balanced on all instruments, its high-rising vocals of Kane are always spot on. The tongue and cheek groove of “Rock You Up” screams a bit of Def Leppard in its riff, and the chorus lines. The up-tempo rocker “Love Gone Wild” is a hot number on this one, with a more polished sound to be heard, whilst the gleaming keyboards can be heard predominantly as well as some saxophone action courtesy of Jesse Molloy.
The high pace churning in the album title track hits on point, with more high rising vocals from Kane, this is where her debut took control on the more upbeat tracks, she truly can sing in the octave which I think accentuates perfectly with the Hard Rock sound. One of the best songs on the record. The cool rhythm in “Nationwide’ is another radio-friendly tune, with the cool euphoric undertones of AOR/Melodic Rock at its core.
I think overall is a pretty nice sophomore product, the production is solid and while I think the music in some spots has been catered to “play it safe”, overall is a worthy follow-up to her smashing debut. Big credit goes to Danny Rexon (Crazy Lixx) for handling all the instrumentation on the record same as production. Is not easy oftentimes to come across as original and refreshing in a genre that has been imitated so many times, but this should never take away from the material and facts are facts; Chez Kane is a wonderful vocalist who does deserve your attention. Check it out!!!
Reviewed by: Shadow Editor
- Melodic Rock
- High Vocals
- 80s Retro Sound