MOTHER'S ARMY Fire
on the Moon (1998)
This is the supergroup consisting of Night
Rangers Jeff Watson, Bob Daisley (Ozzy/Uriah Heep/Rainbow), Joe Lynn
Turner (Rainbow) and Aynsley Dunbar (Frank Zappa/Journey/UFO). The album
kicks-off with the guitar heavy N.D.E., a great slab of hard
rock. Way of the World has some very Sabbath-like riffs and a
great vocal from Joe Lynn Turner. The whole album has great riffs, which
coupled with Turners vocals gives the album a very Rainbow like feel
especially The Code. Highlight of the album for
me has to be Common Ground which is enhanced with some sitar
and Indian backing vocals a truly awesome track! It reminds me of
Crimson Glory with their Strange & Beautiful album. Mellower
moments come in the shape of The Lonely, with a slow burning
acoustic guitar leading into a power ballad. The album finishes with
Another Dimension, a stomper to round the album off again
it reminds me of Tuner-era Rainbow or even classic Dio, with the added touch
of some violin.
The bottom end of Daisley and Dunbar work well, with
the production very clear and crisp. Jeff Watson does some great soloing
he can really shine when away from the twin guitar sound of Night
Ranger. This album must also be one of Joe Lynn Turners best vocal
performances ranging from the rockers to mellower moments.
If you enjoy Rainbow, Night Ranger, Dio or Joe Lynn
Turners recent solo efforts, then get hold of this album.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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