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Miss Crazy: The Grip

Releasing two albums Miss Crazy in 2006 and II in 2008 I have to admit that until a good friend of mine (thanks Alister!) suggested the band Miss Crazy as something I might rather enjoy, they had completely passed me by. However that's not too surprising, considering they lay dormant for five years, until they decided to release three album in around 12 months! The first being 2013's Grip.

And gripping it is too, this band who take the blueprint of blues driven, but good times livin' hard rock ala Cinderella and infusing it with a whole host of other influences. In fact so many different bands flash past as Miss Crazy do what they're best at (kickin' up a storm, in case you were wondering) that it's almost hard to keep up. With a voice akin to Tom Keifer (hence the strong Cinderella comparisons) Marcus Allen Christopher certainly makes a strong first impression, although its the thunderous drums and gang backing vocals of "Higher" which really slams the whole song sideways into your head in uncompromising fashion. However what's most impressive here is that Miss Crazy are no one trick ponies, "Hail Bruce Lee" offering up a sleazier grind and thrust, while "All About You" brings a strong Def Leppard ethos (another hallmark of the MC sound) into view.

Vocalist Christopher also handles guitar alongside Eric Morrison and the pair simply fall over themselves to deliver riff after scintillating riff. With the bass boom of Chris Stringari and drum drama from Alan Perrault providing a rock solid backbone for their band mates to work from, Grip is a sure fire winner from start to end. Something the bombastic fire of "Knowing Me" and darting jab of "Fear" confirms with a confident glint in their eye. A closing pair of covers, namely "Tear It Down" (an underrated Def Leppard b'side) and "Hells Bells" (a rightly lauded AC/DC classic) reveal more of the band's musical starting points, but when the original tracks are as good as the nine served up here, the covers are merely decoration.

Grip was a fantastic return from a band deserving of more acclaim, but even better was to follow soon after.

Track Listing
1. Make It Go Away
2. Nothing Suits Me
3. True Blood
4. Higher
5. Hail Bruce Lee
6. All About You
7. Knowing Me
8. Straight Till The End
9. Fear
10. Tear It Down
11. Hells Bells

Added: October 17th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Miss Crazy on Facebook
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Language: english

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