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Frank Dimino, Old Habits Die Hard (Frontiers Music s.l.r.)
CD Reviews 07/30/2015

07/30/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Frank Dimino, Old Habits Die Hard (Frontiers Music s.l.r.)

If you’ve ever dug really deep stalking me on the Internet, you probably gleaned that Angel guitarist Punky Meadows was somewhat of my mentor, back when I had a too-businesslike desire to break into the miserable world of rawk stardom. This guy here was the band’s original singer, who made it through the five LPs the glam band was able to put out before they ran out of money and the rise of New Wave finished the job. Back then, Dimino was a lightweight compared to Plant and Dio and all those guys, but whoa, he seems to have taken a bunch of lessons sometime over the ever-speeding years. The songs here are a lot better than I expected, too — and no, I’m not exaggerating any of this just because Punky plays a little on this album, I swear. Dimino’s throat isn’t trashed at all, and in fact he sounds pretty healthy (he’s got to be what, 65 or so now), moving from ballad-mode-Journey to Quiet Riot-screamy during “Even Now.” But the heck with hair-band ballads, who’s he trying to get in bed, Flo the Progressive Lady? No, the first few rockers are strong, a blend of Deep Purple and White Lion with a ton of enthusiastic, on-pointe singing. If you’ve been disappointed by old-school hair-bands coming back from the dead and posting up utter bollocks, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this. A- — Eric W. Saeger

 






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