MR BIG: Bitter Streets
You may remember the hit single "Romeo" released in 1977 by the UK band MR BIG. The word got around and a subsequent tour with such rock royalty as Kansas and Tom Petty helped to spread the word even more. But as you know all good things come to an end and the band never achieved their initial success and were eventually dropped by their label. They reformed under a different name and released Broken Home and Life under the Broken Home moniker. Again, the band called it quits but in 2010 they decided to give it another go and released the album Bitter Streets, the subject of this review.
This is pure melodic pop rock loaded with delicious melodies and strong lead vocals. The songs are lushly orchestrated and many fall into the mid-tempo ballad category. Addictive choruses and tasty but not very complex musicianship abound so if you are into melodic pop and rock music Bitter Streets will provide much enjoyment. Songs like the album opening "Come And Dance" and the pretty piano laced "Georgia" will certainly appeal to the pop rock crowd. The country tinged "My Sweet Medicine" is another tasty melodic pop rock morsel. The soaring vocal melodies are a high point throughout the album. Occasionally, the band rock out a bit as in the bluesy boogie of "God Save Me From The Blues". Also included is a reworked version of "Romeo", as catchy as anything on the disc.
Nothing earth shattering but there is no doubting MR BIG have a knack for writing some pretty irresistible pop music. Check it out at Angel Air Records.
Dicken (Jeff Pain) (Lead vocal, keyboards, drums)
Paul Gibbon (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, bass)
Jake Carter (programming)
Ed Carter (backing vocals, harp)
Joe Sam (bass)
1. Come and Dance
3. Die In Love
4. Bitter Streets
5. Chance Intrigue
6. My Sweet Medicine
7. Baby Come Around
9. God Save Me From The Blues
10. Why Wait For Love
11. I Am Here For You
12. Something Special
14. Close My Eyes
Added: July 24th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
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