|Soul Doctor For A Fistful Of Dollars||Frontiers Records|
I reviewed this a little while back for the Japanese release, but now it's on wider European release, I thought I would expand my thoughts a little.
I like Tommy Heart's voice and I think Fair Warning have released some fine albums. I have previously been somewhat less that enamored with Tommy's side project Soul Doctor.|
With little fanfare the guys are now up to album number 3 with For A Fistful Of Dollars and I think they have finally hit upon the right songwriting formula. Soul Doctor has a more straight ahead hard rock sound than the more flamboyant Fair Warning.
Drawing on influences from AC/DC to Aerosmith, Soul Doctor present their blusey brand of melodic hard rock with a kick-ass in your face guitar driven sound.
I think the band has a little more energy on this record compared to the first two and it's plain to see the songwriting quality is far better. Classic rock meets a modern edge with a Bon Jovi twist on Eatin' On Me and Best Way To Fade is simply a great hard rock song.
The bluesy rock ballad Remember adds some cool piano parts and Ten Seconds Of Love adds an interesting twist with a brass section. The swagger of She's Mine adds further variety and the album closes with an acoustic Aerosmith style blues number Cheap, Down N Nasty.
Vocalist Tommy Heart sounds in great form, with his voice dominating this record.
The album still holds up strong some 2 months after it's Japanese release - that's a great sign.
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