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Kane, Chez: Chez Kane

Let's have a swift look at the credits for the debut album by Welsh songstress Chez Kane shall we? Go on then...

Produced By : Danny Rexon
Executive Producer : Danny Rexon
Studio: Brick Wall Studio - Malmö
Recorded By: Danny Rexon
Mixed By: Danny Rexon
Mastered By: Erik Mårtensson - Blowout Productions
Band Members: Chez Kane

Quite a lot of Danny Rexon there I note. He's the main man in Swedish sleazers Crazy Lixx, a band which I have been able to resolutely dismiss as a bit ho and indeed hum. That is something which can not in any sense be thrown at this album which is absolutely brimming with Vixen-style 80s melodic rock. Says Mr. Rexon, “I’ve long felt that the contemporary melodic rock scene is missing an important piece of what I think made the genre, at least to some extent, so great in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and that is the quintessential female rocker. There are tons of bands in the melodic rock genre, but I feel like we’re missing that great female solo artist singing hard rock. A kind of Lee Aaron, Lita Ford, or Robin Beck for the new decade. So, the mission was clear to me from day one: Give the fans a female rocker that will remind them of the powerful rock anthems of the past.” Job very much done then as far as I'm concerned.

This album is a lovingly-crafted paean to the late 80s and early 90s and exists in a vacuum where grunge never existed - sadly it did. Shame. It isn't too much of a stretch to imagine songs such as "All Of It" being from a Lee Aaron record which is always a tremendous thing and the two singles "Rocket On The Radio" and "Too Late For Love" are total earworms which make the listener feel great about life. I would think that Mr. Rexon must have a laboratory in his basement where he cooked up these tunes but handing them over to Chez Kane was a masterstroke. At times the similarity to Vixen's Janet Gardner is eerie yet doesn't get anywhere near parody territory. "Defender Of The Heart" is is a mid-tempo winner underpinned by subtle keys and a splendidly aching vocal and has been on repeat in my mind for a couple of weeks now.

In truth, all the songs have a sense of familiarity but are all different from both each other and the obvious influences that the whole album is a melodic hard rock gem.

Track Listing:
  1. Better Than Love
  2. All Of It
  3. Rocket On The Radio
  4. Get It On
  5. Too Late For Love
  6. Defender Of The Heart
  7. Ball N' Chain
  8. Midnight Rendezvous
  9. Die In The Name Of Love
  10. Dead End Street

Added: March 24th 2021
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Artist Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Kane, Chez: Chez Kane
Posted by James Mannion, SoT Staff Writer on 2021-03-25 01:05:26
My Score:

Well, what can I say? I did not even anticipate that I would be ever writing review like this after experiencing this stupendously enriched effort from the sublimely talented Welsh Melodic Rock vocalist Chez Kane; previously known for her work with her other two sisters in the additionally tremendous Hardened Rock outfit Kane’d.

Fundamentally after the massively prodigious first single ‘Too Late for Love’ was released; I knew this debut offering was going to an exceptional piece of work and this was surely going to soldier on as a victoriously pristine winner and a championing selection of a catchy treasure chest filled with possibly the most bombastic AOR ever penned to paper.

Collaborating with the masterly Swedish Hard Rockers Crazy Lixx composer and guitarist Danny Rexon after being scouted online, Chez just simply breaks all the speed limits with her astounding vocal talent and distributes a superior quality through every line or chorus she sings with a heart storming fulfilment of strength; essentially witnessed through the magnificently mammoth hope collecting hit ‘Ball N’ Chain’ and the cleverly written harmonious tranquilities of the astoundingly powerful ‘Defender of the Heart’.

If one was to say take me back to the realm of the Eighties Classics - then this is exactly the package I would direct them to substantially deliver that punch, and I can honestly say with my hand on the middle of my heart that there is plenty on offer in terms of rhythmically-driven hand clapping, triumphant voids of verse to chorus sing-a-longs and a hand basket of feet stomping to joyously get on with on this breathtakingly staggering output from Kane; principally noted through the pedal to the floor cruise-control monster ‘Rocket on the Radio’, the captivating roots of the coolly composed ‘All of It’ and the conquering wave of melodies imbedded within the pompously phenomenal opener ‘Better than Love’.

In between all the electrifying anthemic episodes spread across the ten tracks on this record, there are some noteworthy honourable spectacles to mention and don’t they half deliver a sense of a beaming light of intensity. Evidently, through the arms of ‘Get it on’ we witness the most unique instalment successfully layered on this ultimate catalogue of Eighties based Hard Rock extravagance and alongside this display inserts another offshoot of a diversified quality in the gloriously spirited form of the brilliant twist expressed as ‘Midnight Rendezvous’.

Well, that’s enough from me - just go out and buy this record, I guarantee you will not be left with an inch of disappointment and if you are essentially a huge fanatic of some ultimately catchy AOR or Melodic Rock. Hopefully, with a big bit of luck or fortune we will get to see another collaboration between Danny Rexon and Chez Kane in the very near future; with all fingers crossed we get to see a release of a sophomore album from the talented and expertly gifted pair relatively soon.

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