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The melodic rock band formed by Jean Beauvoir (Voodoo
X/Plasmatics) on vocals and guitar, Marci Free on guitar, Michael
Paige on bass and Tony Thompson (Chic/Power Station/Distance) on drums.
Kicking off with the title track `Crown of Thorns', a mid-tempo
rocker - possibly the weakest on the album! Next up is the
classic `Hike It Up', with an amazingly catchy chorus (I'm sure
Kiss's Paul Stanley sings uncredited backing vocals on this song and
he also co-produces this track), very Kiss like and some clear, crisp
crunching guitar riffs. `Dying for Love' slows things down slightly
before the Sweet cover `No You Don't' - a real stomper track and
again some great harmony vocals.
The power ballad `Standing On The Corner For Ya' contains some great back-up vocals and these sort of
ballads have become a trademark of the band. One of their best songs
ever is next `The Healer', with its catchy guitar hook, this is the
sort of tune that stays in your head long after you have finished
playing the album. `Winterland' is not the greatest song they have
recorded but the next track, `Secret Jesus' soon gets the album back
on track and those heavenly back-up vocals are back! `House of Love'
is okay and `Are You Ready?' veers off into rap metal territory but
in the hands of Crown of Thorns the melody remains. A refreshing
change in the albums closing moments and one of my favorate tracks on
the album. Final track `Til The End' is another ballad, with a
tasteful guitar intro and a fine way to close the album.
If you like Kiss, Night Ranger or melodic rock with catchy tunes,
then track this album down. The band are still going strong, with new
album `Karma' just out (and a return to this style of music according
to reviews!) with only Beauvoir and Paige remaining from this line-
up. Their other albums contain mixture of styles but melody is always
the key and they have yet to produce a poor album.
Crown of Thorns (Now And Then NTHEN8)
Hike It Up, The Healer, No You Don't
Crown Of Thorns: Karma, Destiny Unknown
Text © 2003 Jason Ritchie
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