Giant - Time To Burn

Monday 1st February 1993
Giant - Time To Burn

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Epic 4694572

Reviewed by James Lewis

This is Giant's second stab at the big time, having signed with Epic after leaving A&M. Dann Huff has said this is more like the real Giant, the first album being just four session musicians getting used to being in a band. So why am I so disappointed? This record seems like Dann and co. have decided to pursue commercial success at the expense of the individuality of their debut. Whereas the first record had a slightly rough edge, which made it stand out from the mass of quality AOR which America produces, this one seems to succumb to multi-tracked formulae. I have no doubt Giant can still cut it, their Marquee gig earlier this year was excellent despite the poor sound and there are still some good moments here. If you like BIG ballads, then "Lost To Burn" shows plenty of fire. It's just that after such a brilliant debut this doesn't impress. Lyrically there's no Christian stuff here at all, just some of the spiritual cliches for love - "Save Me Tonight", etc - you get the picture; nothing that Toto, REO Speedwagon, et al haven't written before. Still worth a listen, but 'Last Of The Runaways' was a lot better.

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