The former Cold Chisel (and one time Hoochie Coochie Men and Living Loud) vocalist, one of Australia’s most successful artists, celebrates 30 years of a solo career with this new album. Featuring reworkings of earlier songs and a range of noted guests, the album kicks off with lead single ‘Lay Down Your Guns’, a chunky solid number with powerful vocals and a catchy rhythm and riff. The perfect album opener
‘Time Will Tell’, featuring The Baby Animals, is a solid mainstream number. Ride The Night Away features guitarist Steven Van Zant, giving a Rolling Stones / Springsteen hint to the sound, but Barnes’ distinctive vocals make it all his own. The guitar solo stands out too.
The duet with daughter Mahalia is a gentler number, and ‘I’d Die To Be With You Tonight’ as a Stones feel, to the song structure rather than just the guitar. A solid strong number. Stone Cold is a really gentle number, bluesy too, featuring Tina Arena and guitar legend Joe Bonamassa. Slow and powerful.
Later tracks feature Neal Schon and Jon Stevens, and showcase Barnes powerful (if at times a hint of gravelly) voice over a range of hard rock paces and feels, all with varying degrees of blues.
Fifteen tracks and very enjoyable throughout. 8/10