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RICHIE KOTZEN ‘Change’ Frontiers FRCD160 (2003)

The latest solo album by the former Poison and Mr Big guitarist. Kotzen also covers the Mr Big tune Shine and ex- Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey appears on High. Apart from these two and some extra backing vocals from Charlie Sarti, Kotzen plays and produces the entire album.

Plenty of musical styles on here and Kotzen has a decent set of pipes on him. Touch of nu metal on opener Forever One, a song with a real down and dirty bass line Puddle of Mudd meets Linkin Park minus the turntables! Get A Life takes on Butch walker at his own game - a glorious slice of hard-edged melodic rock. Touch of latter-day Mr Big on Don't Ask, complete with a big chorus. The Mr Big trcak, Shine gets an acoustic workout here and sounds great. Kotzen's vocals are not disimilar to Mr Big vocalist Eric Martin in places. Very catchy hook on this track and a surefire radio hit. Kotzen shows of his range of guitar styles well from the rock on the aforementioned tracks to the jazz-rock workout on Unity. Tasty piece of funk rock on Fast Money Fast Cars, again adding more variety to the mix.

A very varied album and enjoyable to boot. Should find a ready audience amongst the Mr Big and Kotzen fanbase. Well worth a listen



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** 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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