UNRULY CHILD – Can’t Go Home (2017)
Frontiers Music have managed to pull many classic acts out of hibernation over the years, and now they can add another one to the list in the form of early ’90s AOR band UNRULY CHILD, fronted by the unique Marcie Free. “Can’t Go Home” is the title of their delicious new album to be released this week.
Original vocalist Marcie Free (King Kobra, Signal), drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, Asia), bassist Larry Antonio (Pablo Cruise), guitarist Bruce Gowdy (World Trade, Stone Fury), and keyboard player Guy Allison (World Trade, Doobie Brothers, Lodgic) have reunited for “Can’t Go Home”, an upbeat set of hook-laden melodic rock tunes powered by Free’s still sparkling vocals and plenty of crisp arrangements.
“Driving Into the Future”, “The Only One”, “Four Eleven”, and the AOR sweetness “She Can’t Go Home” feature a never ending supply of soaring vocals from Free, the band doing a great job of writing memorable melodies with catchy choruses for the veteran singer to shine on.
And there’s even a few potent hard rockers, such as “Point of View”, “Get on Top”, “Sunlit Sky”, and “Ice Cold Sunshine” that contain enough guitar & keyboard firepower to appeal to fans of Styx, Toto, Journey, etc.
Power ballads? Yep, sure, they are here too, with “When Love Is Here” being especially rewarding, again featuring a stellar Free vocal performance.
Fans of classic Melodic Hard Rock / AOR will be delighted by “Can’t Go Home”, a bright comeback album for Unruly Child. You won’t find easily a 24 carat vocalist like Marcie Free, so press play and enjoy this incredibly talented performer.
Hopefully this isn’t just a one-off from Unruly Child and they are indeed back for the long term. The Melodic Hard Rock / AOR genre needs this band, a band a of this quality.
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
Marcie Free – Vocals
Bruce Gowdy – Guitars
Guy Allison – Keyboards
Larry Antonino – Bass
Jay Schellen – Drums