Brian McDonald Group - 2010 - Desperate Business (Reissue)
1. No Control
2. These Are The Good Times
3. This Lonely Heart
4. Life Is A Desperate Business
5. Back Home Again
6. Rockin’ With The Boys
7. Just Imagination
8. Stay With Me
10. Highway Desire
Brian McDonald has released three albums as a solo artist. Desperate Business is the first out of those, and was originally released in 1987 via Sony Music.
This album impressively reflects the AOR sound of the 80's and awakens memories of the great Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and winger in their early years.
Catchy melodies and a keyboard-driven sound are the trademarks of this album.
Later on, Brian McDonald has released the albums Wind It Up in 2000 and Voyage in 2003.
Desperate Business today is a real collector’s item and will now be available through Yesterrock in collaboration with Sony Music for a reasonable price. All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Brilliant AOR, & the best of his 3 albums, even though all are truly essential.
This one's heavier on the keys, more radio-friendly and despite being a bit cheesy lyrically, it's a true gem from start to finish.
In fact, "This Lonely Heart" has to be an all-time great AOR tune. Its a little similar to the Winger debut (but with more keys).
If you like Bon Jovi's early stuff, then you should get a measure of pleasure from listening to this CD. Guitars and keys merge well with the big hooks and sing-along choruses to create a melodic hard rock album that offers more than enough for fans of the genre.
My favourite song is a ballad: "Stay With Me" is such a sweet song that almost makes you feel he is whispering it in your ear. The other songs are very energetic and melodic.
If you're looking for a long-lost AOR gem from the 80's then you've just found it.
Last Updated (Sunday, 19 December 2010 16:55)