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LOVERBOY UNFINISHED BUSINESS REVIEW 2014

 

LOVERBOY - UNFINISHED BUSINESS

LOVERBOY MUSIC

JUNE 23 2014

 

 

When is an album of new studio material not an album of new studio material? Well in Loverboy’s case it’s when some of the tracks have been sitting on ice for over 40 years. I must admit I never really got into Loverboy at the peak of their fame I was far more interested in weightier fare at the time and it was only 1987’s ‘Wildside’ that grabbed my attention and that was just before they split. My loss I admit!

 

‘Unfinished Business’ is the band’s first album of ‘previously unreleased’ material in seven years and was recorded at various locations.  It starts up with a decent enough mid-tempo rocker ‘Fire Me Up’ but next track ‘Countin’ the Nights’ is better sounding a lot like the band in their early eighties prime. It’s really the only track here that really surprises you that it didn’t make the cut, which of course is the story with all of this ‘drawer junk’ collected over the years by guitarist Paul Dean.

 

Mid tempo ‘Ain’t Such a Bad Thing’ is typical of the tracks here in that it just doesn’t quite seem finished, like its missing a little something you can’t quite put your finger on, but it still has a certain charm.  Of course putting together the album with demos in various states did require a bit of rework, not that you could pick anything here that sounds other than sheer eighties AOR.   

 

Never the best with lyrics there are some tracks like ‘Slave’ that just make you smile and that’s part of the charm here. And it’s certain that fans will get a lot more value out of this release than the merely curious who would be far better served checking out the back catalogue.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

LOVERBOY UNFINISHED BUSINESS REVIEW 2014