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RICHIE KOTZEN ‘Get Up’ Frontiers FRCD208 (2004)

The former Mr Big and Poison guitarist Richie has recorded a range of styles over his various solo albums, and has subsequently become big in Japan.

This hard rock affair, on which Richie handles everything (including production) shows hinat his best. Mixing classic, modern and 90s sounds with a touch of fusion and soul (although itís not quite in Glenn Hughesí league) itís still an excellent solo set.

The Poison sound still lingers in the background, even in the soulful ballad ĎRememberí. The title track is high energy with strong funk elements, although thereís something lacking in the vocals.

You canít deny the guyís talent but you kinda get the feeling he needs a band to tie him down to one direction or at least supply a stronger vocalist.

That said itís still thoroughly enjoyable.

***

Review by Joe Geesin

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***** 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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