STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5791-5667 LABEL: ICC ICCD8530 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Johnny's previous albums have not impressed me. But though the hard rocking AOR formulae is the same here the veteran Canadian displays a greater dynamic range and songwriting craft on 'No Frontiers' than shown previously. The turbulent rockers like "Generation Of Greed" where over a crunching riff you get a nifty denouncement of materialism wheezed with suitable passion, and the Springsteen-tinged opener work well while there are some attractive steps towards a more acoustic based sound. These, and the soulful ballad "There You Are" are among the strongest tracks here. Access to plenty of ICC studio time help give the album the kind of sheen essential to compete with the stream of American albums which adopt a similar musical posture. If your taste is towards classy AOR, 'No Frontiers' is for you.
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