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Devay - 1992 Break Down The Walls
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on August 13 2013, In 1992 Articles , 0 Comments , 1594 Reads , Print

ALBUM: Break Down The Walls
LABEL: Polaris
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Devay - vocals (a.k.a Marie Clair Devay) * Bryan Hughes - guitars, keyboards, production * Alain Pernot, Carlo Simeone, Nick Martino - guitars * Rob Cornandoli - keyboards * Mike Sharp, Maurice Soso Williams - bass * Chris West, John Huges Legend - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock And A Hard Place * 02 Heart Like A Gun * 03 Whatever It Takes * 04 Save Me * 05 Burning Alive * 06 Let It Roll * 07 Paradise * 08 Take Me Away * 09 I Won't Let Go * 10 If I Gave You My Love * 11 Break Down The Walls

Devay's one-off album seemed to cause more interest way after it landed, than it did at the actual time of its release. I call the 1992-1999 era 'the lost years', because many artists were on small labels and CD/LP retail was not as effective as it is now (thank you Internet!). Unless you were dredging mail order catalogs (and yes there were some good ones), then Devay's 'Break Down The Walls' may have passed you by. From Montreal, Marie-Clair Devay proves to be an effective hard rock belter in the vein of Janet Gardner, Lorraine Lewis, Sandi Saraya etc, and with former Beau Geste and Bryan Hughes Group alumni Bryan Hughes handling most of the serious tasks, this album turns out to be more than just another tick notched up against the time-honoured Maple Leaf Mayhem category.

The Songs
'Rock And A Hard Place' takes an equal measure of Lee Aaron and Saraya; Devay planting her own identity over what is a tough sounding anthem, with a wicked Motley Crue styled riff to boot. No, it's not Fiona revisited, 'Heart Like A Gun' a mild melodic affair with Devay reminiscing as if it were 1985! Our Canadian friend decides to dabble in AOR on the very good 'Whatever It Takes', which reminds me a lot of Robin Beck/Tone Norum's 'In A Crazy World Like This'. 'Save Me' steals some ideas from Richard Marx's classic hit 'Angelia' which I'll excuse (lol!), before Devay and her pal Bryan Hughes hit the distortion pedal for the hard rockin' 'Burning Alive'. Pop metal is what it's all about on 'Let It Roll', while the staggered riffs for 'Paradise' offers up something different on the CD. Devay returns for another bite at the AOR cherry thanks to the flowing 'Take Me Away', and she does a great job with it too. 'I Won't Let Go' fuses stinging hard rock with AOR like richness, Hughes delivers some effective guitar work, both clean and distortion. The title track is the album's last cut; and unfortunately it's a bit of a mish-mash, not quite hitting the mark. Not to be outdone, the album overall is fairly solid and very good.

In Summary
Way out of print and now 21 years old at the time of writing this article, 'Break Down The Walls' may be long in the tooth but is certainly not forgotten. This would appear to be MC Devay's only release, nothing has been heard from her since.

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