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Worlds Collide - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide
(Frontiers Records - 2010)

Sixteen years after disbanding Unruly Child is back, the original line-up recorded this new album. Worlds Collide brings back the original singer Marcie Michelle Free who on the first album - before gender change - was called Mark Free. But the gender change didn't effect the vocal chords and so Unruly Child sound as powerful as always. Musically they offer the sound of the debut album, but with a modern production. The opener Show Me The Money has a nice groove and heavy riffs. Only critic point, the line 'Show Me The Money' is used too much... The pumping bass of Larry Antonio and the guitar solo by Bruce Gowdy give the song the special something. When We Were Young is an ear catcher! A balladesque rocker which will enchant you. Afterwards you get a power ballad called Tell Another Lie which is well done, but I can imagine that a stripped down version would have been even more touching. One of my favorites is Love Is Blind. This melodic rocker is hooking you up immediately. And the following title track isn't a bit weaker! Actually I would have picked this one for the first video... Anyway, the song shows Unruly Child strong points - great melodies on top of a guitar-based melodic rocker. Marcie Free proofs that she is an extraordinary singer on every single track. After some more balladesque tunes they add some heaviness and present Life Death which also offers some Oriental sounds and back in the early 90's would have got quite some airplay. Then it's time for the Very First Time, but fans will have watched and know the song. The closer is You Don't Understand, another balladesque tune, even if not one of the highlights, it's a good one.
Unfortunately not every band presents such a strong comeback album, let's hope they promote it live and that there will be more of Unruly Child in future!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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