Originally released back in 1985 this is a classic melodic rock/AOR album from Michael Bolton before he became the housewives’ choice following a more soul/easy listening path. Mind you that way made him very famous and helped sell lots of albums!
Listening to this one again following the announcement of his ‘From The Cinema’ collection due next year on February 10 via Frontiers. The album features a host of top notch session players seen on many a linear note on melodic rock albums of the 80’s. Musicians included sax player Mark Rivera, Mark Mangold (Touch/Drive, She Said), Bruce Kulick (Kiss) and Terry Brock (Strangeways), plus most of cult melodic rock band Balance, namely Denis Feldman, Peppy Castro and Chuck Burghi (Rainbow).
Not a duff song on here from the rocking title track through to the ballad ‘Call My Name’, Michael Bolton shows off his immense vocal talent. The synths/keys are all over ‘Can’t Turn It Off’, complete with some blistering guitar solos from Bruce Kulick – a prime example of classy 80’s melodic rock.
The hair and musical style may have changed, but he still has the voice and maybe one day he will fancy rocking out again…