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MALLOY‘88’ (Now And Then NTHEN43) (2003)

Previously unreleased tracks from Mitch Malloy’s band Malloy from 1988. Aside from Malloy on vocals/guitar/keys the band featured drummer Phil Richford, on bass/vocals Tim Wheeler and guitarist/vocals Mike McConnville. >From the off, ‘On My Way’ sets out the style of the album - hook laden melodic hard rock. The lyrics can get cheesy - ‘Rodeo Girl’ and ‘She’s Young, She’s Wild’ spring to mind but the melody carries the song. Power ballads are present and correct in the shape of ‘Still In Love’. ‘Forever’ is the jewel of this album, a layered AOR song very similar to what Malloy did on his debut album. Crashing guitar chords, classic vocal from Mitch Malloy and harmony vocals overload - summer days were made for this song!

Epic track ‘Angeline’ builds from a vocal/acoustic guitar intro into a power ballad complete with a searing guitar solo. ‘Problem Child’ signs the album off in a flurry of guitars, a nice touch of Van Halen styled rock.

The album is obviously very much of the time and no worse for it! Very catchy melodic hard rock and a must if you enjoy Poison, Warrant, Y&T et al. All power to Now & Then for making this available.


Review by Jason Ritchie

Album review


***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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