With Worlds Collide and Down The Rabbit Hole, it was clear Unruly Child had plenty left in the locker and the decision to fuse the new with the old – the band’s most recent line-up joining forces with its original members – has ushered in an exciting new era.
Marcie Michelle Free might have imagined this unlikely love-in between the past and the present but even she couldn’t have hoped for a record as powerful and passionate as Can’t Go Home. And Unruly Child’s colourful figurehead responds in style with a vocal tour de force befitting this special album.
There’s a hint of classic Scorpions at the heart of Four Eleven and Driving Into The Future combines a red hot riff with an unsurprisingly optimistic refrain. But the pick of the bunch must be the brilliant Get On Top – the signature guitar sound and harmonised vocals owe much to Hysteria-era Leppard but there’s much, much more to a funky, soulful slice of polished hard rock.
See If She Floats is disappointingly weak but the beautiful ballad She Can’t Go Home is a work of melodic rock genius. Free is equally at home delivering the slow and the serene as she is the aggressive and the anthemic: there’s plenty of both here.