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Miss Crazy: Inception

The last instalment of a quick fire triumvirate, Inception proved that, just as in the old days of 70s rock, where bands like Kiss, Cheap Trick and Aerosmith would seemingly drop a cracking new album at our feet every time someone sneezed, USA's Miss Crazy were capable of delivering not one, not two, but three 80s infused slabs of hard rock back to back to back. To be fair, there's no great plan in evidence here, it's not as though one album is a progressive concept piece, one a stripped back acoustic set, and the last a straight on hit of Miss Crazy. No, all three could interchange songs without you batting an eye (in fact both this album and the first of the three, Grip, share the track "Hail Bruce Lee", although here it hits with a more powerful roundhouse to the head). So once again the influences line up to be knocked down, Def Leppard, Cinderella, Kix, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Enuff Z'Nuff and of course, with a faithful, if for one key word, cover of "All American Man", here lain down in honour of the Canadian male, the Alive II studio cut from Kiss. It's a storming version of a great song, sung firmly with a Gene Simmons sized tongue planted in its cheek. Although the Paul Stanley twang in singer Marcus Allen Christopher's delivery is almost uncanny.

However this act are no one man band and across "She Said She Loved Me" and "I Wanna Be Me" the trio of second guitarist Eric Morrison, bassist Chris Stringari and drummer Alan Perrault all display a skill set and showmanship which really beg the question, why are these guys almost complete unknowns? Add in the well placed homage to "Ozzy Osbourne", which actually surprises by being more Mötley Crüe than it is Ozzy or Sabbath – not that it stops it being a buzz saw of bristling guitars with catchy chorus and hammering drums – and again Miss Crazy deliver a set of threatening hard rock which hits a whole bag full of nails right on their heads.

I may be a late convert to the Miss Crazy cause, but any band capable of hammering out thirty or so cracking songs that take the best an era had to offer and brings it all together across three quick fire albums, have to worth taking notice of. Looks like it's time to go on the hunt for the band's two earlier releases, Miss Crazy and II, to complete the set and finish off that unabashed 80s trip!

Track Listing
1. Ready to Go
2. Hate Me Love Me
3. The Madness
4. All Canadian Man
5. No Love For Me
6. Said She Loves Me
7. I Wanna Be Free
8. Ozzy Osbourne
9. Feelin Good
10. Hail Bruce Lee (2014)

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

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