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Three Lions, Three Lions (Frontiers Records)




Three Lions, Three Lions (Frontiers Records)
CD Reviews May 1, 2014

05/01/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Three Lions, Three Lions (Frontiers Records)

I think I’m angrier at this band than when I first started listening to this album, since I just found out that Frontier Records released an Asia album a month ago and didn’t send it to me. That would have been some good old snarky fun, huh, a new Asia record? But no, instead I’m stuck with this new three-piece band, who are like Asia For Dummies, their debut LP a pure 1980s-hair-metal thingamajig you can play Dingbat Hair-Band Bingo with: “Cool, lyrics about groupies! Now all I need are some cheesy keyboards right out of Warrant’s first album — yeah, there you go! Bingo!” Lots of this will remind you of the worst radio-rawk of Scorpions, and some of the songs made me think of Eddie Money (“Winter Sun” for one). Need I continue? I dunno, is there some sort of 1980s-hair revival, meaning that the new Sebastian Bach LP is actually relevant and not comic relief? The sad thing is, if there were a few quirky samples in here, or some really weird-beard noise-riffs in here, it could almost pass for a Minus the Bear wannabe situation, but in the end, all that’s really new here is the introduction of singer/bassist Nigel Bailey, whose Coverdale-vs-Eddie Money voice is so vanilla it should have a Ben & Jerry’s flavor named after it. Also boring are the guitar-god antics of Vinny Burns, who actually played with Asia for a few minutes. C+ — Eric W. Saeger





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