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ALIAS Never Say Never Angel Milk Records (2009)

This album should have been released back in 1992 but Kurt Cobain & his grunge buddies put paid to this release and many other melodic rock bands. Formed from members of Sheriff and Heart the band's debut album recieved rave reviews and has become a melodic rock/AOR classic.

Most of the songs on here have never been heard before bar a few that popped up on vocalist Freddy Curci's solo album and a couple which appeared on 'Rude Awakening', a James Christian (House Of Lords) solo album, including the awesome 'Please And Pain'. Angel Milk have added a very cool bonus song in 'Call Me', which was previously only available as a b-side. A cracking hard rock tune bringing to mind Honeymoon Suite.

Alias were always good at ballads and this album has some gems like 'Give Me A Reason', which has added strings making for a big production feel. 'Diamonds' is another mellow moment allow Freddy Curci's vocals to take centre stage backed by some nimble acoustic guitar playing. The band add a touch of blues rock on 'The Warden' (another song recorded by James Christian) which adds nicely to the album's overall mix.

'Play Me A Song' sounds uncannily like Queen at times especially the backbeat - 'We Will Rock You' anyone? Good tune but just sounds so familiar! Not every song is top draw like 'Wild Wild One' which is just a bit too generic with the gang backing vocals.

Full marks to Angel Milk for getting this album finally released and with an added bonus song as well. It is an album that if it came out when it was supposed to back in the early 90's would have been raved about if that pesky thing called grunge didn't get in the way. If you loved the band's debut you will certainly enjoy this album big time.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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