After the release of their Live album 'You Get What You Play For' in 1977, and their more recent studio album 'You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish' (phew), the REO boys upped the ante big time for this classic of AOR 'Nine Lives'.
Because of the recent re-issue on Rock Candy, I'm playing my vinyl copy, and while my review probably won't be to the standard of the pending Rock Candy review in that monthly magazine it will be at least be a shade more critical when it needs to be. Of course this followed 'Hi Infidelity' and they found themselves in the same inevitable task as fellow countrymen Journey would have 6 months later in trying to match their most celebrated success with a follow up. Journey was doing the same with 'Frontiers', so likewise 'Good Trouble' was going to be on a hiding to nothing.
It's a pretty weird album title huh? Not the easiest to recite. A new decade, a new lineup, possibly a new sound? Not quite with the latter, but I did enjoy this CD in comparison to the last few 80's albums from this lot.. so that says something.
REO have followed a path that timeless Aussie rockers LRB have recently taken. Going it alone as a band without a label (thats not a bad thing.. believe me!), and plying a musical road that is earthy, midwest, and southern all in the same breath. The production is smooth, the melodies are flowing, and the tunes are all worthy of playing time in your music player of choice!