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BEAUVOIR FREE AMERICAN TRASH ALBUM REVIEW 2015

BEAUVOIR/FREE - AMERICAN TRASH

FRONTIERS RECORDS | Release Date: June 5 2015

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It’s been a long time since Crown of Thorns released their last album ‘Faith’ dropped way back in 2008, and even longer since we heard anything solo from Jean Beauvoir – 2004’s ‘Chameleon’. Micki Free has been equally quiet as far as released material goes since his 2009 ‘Electric Blues’ release. Both men though have been pretty busy over the intervening years.


Beauvoir/Free though isn’t quite as immediate as I expected and whilst opening tracks ‘Angel’s Cry’ and ‘Morning After’ have all the hallmarks you might expect from such collaborators they are so slick and finely-tooled songs they take a few listens.


As the album warms up though ‘American Trash’ is more immediate, a great rock song that has the feet tapping, it’s neighbor ‘Whiplash’ is an interesting beast in that it makes you wonder if this is what AC/DC would sound like if they had heard of subtlety and atmospherics. The pair really warm you up for what is to come.


‘Just Breath’ is just beautiful: a piano led ballad that lets Jean’s vocals soar along with Micki’s restrained guitars, it’s a beautiful slice of AOR that has all the right changes and leads right into our initial favorite the solid, sweeping Melodic Rock of ‘Shotgun to the Heart’ which will just blow you away…


With all instrumentation by both players it’s a real intimate record even when it’s rocking yu can sense the tightness, the closeness to the music and the love; and let’s face it their past collaboration was something rather special. So if you’re a fan of Crown of Thorns like us, you will undoubtedly love this, even if, as we said there is a little more subtlety on display.


Songs like the slower ‘Never Give Up’ work well against the real stompers like ‘Cold Dark December’ which is probably the closest to the spirit of Crown of Thorns before it injects a bit of blues and a sweet melodic breakdown – it’s pretty much the perfect distillation of the record.


This is one collaboration you won’t want to end, and that is just underlined by the final three songs which are some of the finest here: ‘It’s Never Too Late’ has the biggest hook and some great vocals from Beauvoir; the pop-infused Melodic Rock of ‘She’s a KO’ adds a little slick sparkle; before ‘There’s No Starting Over’ sweeps your feet from under you, hit by a wave of Melodic Rock power and brilliance.


We’ve only one message for Messrs. Beauvoir and Free – “Get this on the road! We need to hear this live!”

 

 


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