Cranston, Self Titled, 2016
So, what can we expect from an album with rock icon Paul Sabu together with the hardest working man in the business, Phil Vincent? Both multi-instrumentalists, but here Sabu is taking care of instruments and some backing vocals, Vincent is delivering most of the lead and backing vocals and B.F. D’Ercole is on board for the drumming.
Well, opening track Long Long Way to Go makes clear what we are dealing with here. This is the melodic rock so very popular in the eighties, but transported into this day and age. So it has a modern, and at times maybe even somewhat metallic edge to it. But the hooks and the melodies are there. Second song You Oughta Know is one of the most instant tracks on offer. Killer chorus and riff, and will be roaming through your brain for days. See You On The Other Side continues the siege with confidence and swagger and rules like there’s no tomorrow.
But in fact every single one of the 10 songs on the album is killer. No ballads, just rockers, all with truck loads of melody and the right amount of guitar and keyboards on the solid foundation provided by drums and bass.
Plain and simply these 2 giants have been inspiring each other to great heights and delivered a must have rock album.