1. Make It Go Away
2. Nothing Suits Me
3. True Blood
5. Hail Bruce Lee
6. All About You
7. Kowing Me
8. Straight Till The End
Video: Can't Get Enough
Video: Livin' Without You
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Remember Miss Crazy, featuring frontman Markus Allen Christopher? Miss Crazy released their debut album “Can't Get Enough” through Metal Mayhem in 2006, following with the sophomore effort aptly named "II", ironically two years post their entrance to the hard rock archives. There hasn't been much noise throughout 2012 from Miss Crazy ... until now.
A brand new set of original studio tracks has hit the streets, a little late for the proposed Halloween release as posted on Miss Crazy's Facebook page, but with delays cleared, the remastered and rock ready album titled "GRIP" is ready and rocking. As the first release issued under the new All Hard Rock music promotion company founded by Joe Dolan (Founder and former CEO of Retrospect Records), Miss Crazy plans to etch their name in the brains of hair metal manics throughout 2013, and they've already got material to take in the studio for another release!
When Miss Crazy unleashed their debut in 2006 it was easy to spot what part of the music loving crowd they were targeting. With their make-up covered faces, it seemed they were paying tribute to the original masked marauders KISS while the songs they produced echoed the style of acts like Kix, early Def Leppard, Cinderella (mostly due in part to Markus Allen sounding uncannily similar to the legendary Tom Keifer), Britny Fox, early Great White and even Ratt.
For the most part, on this album they stick to this formula; although it can't be denied that as evolution provides, they have beefed up their sound a bit. Traces of this development were evident on “II” but on “Grip” they have added yet more protein to the diet. Prime examples of this include the raging “Nothing Suits Me”, the equally riff heavy “Higher” and the crunching “Knowing Me”, which are more akin to Randy Piper's Animal than the earlier mentioned bands.
These 3 cuts sure pack a punch and steam along nicely but I have to admit, I prefer the sound of the band when they move into more melodic waters like on the excellent Def Leppard meets Cinderella “True Blood” (written for the HBO TV series of the same name), the Britny Fox styled “Hail Bruce Lee” (which would have fit in just fine on the band's “Bite Down Hard” platter) or the at radio airplay aimed “All About You”.
Another element worth mentioning (besides the disc's fine production) is the axework of mister Craig Launer, who is given the space to fill the air with some delicious solos. Craig sure knows his way around his instrument but avoids becoming too technical and moving into widly-didly country.
We all know that 80s inspired melodic hard rock and hair metal has made quite a come back over the years with new bands arriving on the scene at breakneck speed, but with the quality offered here (and the persistence with which these guys have stuck to their guns), Miss Crazy deserve a place in the sleaze rock community. It's up to you to decide where exactly that should be.
Available through www.allhardrock.com for $9.99 USD
Markus Allen Christopher (g, lv)
Craig Launer (lg)
Chris Jordan (d)
Chris Stringari (b)