Sunday, June 21, 2009

Johnny Lima-Livin' out loud

Shock Pop

Johnny Lima has done several solo albums over the last thirteen years. He has also spent the last few years lending his production skills to artists like Dirty Penny, Miss Crazy, Diamond Lane and the new supergroup Freakshow. Now he returns with his latest solo album. Lima obviously grew up on steady diet of 80's hard rock. He has taken the sounds of Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and 80's KISS then mixed them in enough to make his own sound. The finished results remind me some of Trixie, but more guitar driven. Tracks like "Wildflower" and "Caught in the middle" are just downright catchy, melody driven rockers. Lima's vocals work perfectly for this style of music. Okay, the lyrics are largely the same old cliches that have been attached to this type of music for the last twenty-five years as we get entries about wanting to rock and relationships gone wrong, but the music and vocals more than make up for it. What sold me on this album was that I was instantly sucked in by every song primarily due to the catchy choruses and cutting guitar riffs. I kept expecting a track that was a little off to come on, but that never happened because every track is strong. Now I was also hoping for a song or too that would step up the pace a little and that never happened. So a slightly faster song or two on the next album might make it even better. Johnny Lima is not doing anything new, but he knows what it takes to make the kind of songs that are easy to get into . That's why I have been playing this disc over and over since I received it.

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