So, is Earth Rocker their best album so far? No, I can’t say I quite feel that way, myself (that still remains Robot Hive/Exodus for me). However, it ends up being quite close and I can say that to me, Earth Rocker is their most consistent one in a little while
The one true consistency running through the album is the sublime vocals of Mickey Thomas, sure there’s a couple of tracks here where his vocal style actually takes way some of the grit that made them great in the first place but overall the Starship frontman is in impressive form here and shows that age hasn’t quite caught up with him yet…
Going into this album, I can’t say I had ever heard of Swedish rocker TONY NIVA before except in passing: there are so many big players in the AOR world these days, especially in Sweden, that it’s easy to overlook or completely miss even the most promising and talented people. But I must say, after spending some quality time with ‘Magnitude’, his third release under the NIVA band banner since 1994, I gotta say…this really kicks some ass in more ways than one, lots of it!