Can't Go HomeLABEL:
2017COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Marcie Free - lead vocals * Bruce Gowdy - guitars * Guy Allison - keyboards * Larry Antonio - bass * Jay Schellen - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 The Only One * 02 Four Eleven * 03 Driving Into The Future * 04 Get On Top * 05 See If She Floats * 06 She Can't Go Home * 07 Point Of View * 08 Ice Cold Sunshine * 09 When Love Is Here * 10 Sunlit Sky * 11 Someday SomehowRATING: WEBLINKS: www.unrulychild.net
A year can't go by where an Unruly Child album is released and we're not looking at it. UC's stylish brand of AOR appeals to most of us here, and of course, the dulcet tones of Marcie Free is half the reason why. The band reunites with Frontiers, having had most of their releases handled by the Italian label, though in saying that, the most recent release 'Down The Rabbit Hole Side One' was an independent release. My guess is that Frontiers weren't prepared to issue an EP's worth of material at the time, preferring to wait for a full blown album.
The big thing about 'Can't Go Home' is how understated in delivery this album is. You can't compare it to most of their back catalogue, and that might be disappointing to many (understandably), but if this website is mostly about prime-time AOR then the album is a genuine fit. It's moody, contains passages that would be a good fit on those past Lodgic
or World Trade
albums. Does it mean that 'Can't Go Home' is a progressive affair? Not quite, though with musicians of the caliber of Bruce Gowdy and Guy Allison, Unruly Child's songs could go off in any direction. That they've chosen to go down this melodic but mellow pathway at this point in time will be encapulsated in the content of this album.
I will say that I like it quite a lot, and I certainly don't mind the understated delivery of it all. Considering I listen to everything from manic heavy metal to cruisy jazz fusion, then 'Can't Go Home' finds the middle ground with ease. It's just that it won't be to everyone's tastes taking into account Unruly Child's past legacy. If you can see beyond that, then this should find favour.
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