Released 2nd December 2011 on Frontiers Records
I had never given Beggars & Thieves much time before being handed this album to review.May have been a mistake, because I like what I’m hearing.
In order to keep things short and sweet : if you like latter day Journey, you’ll enjoy this. The melodies, riffs, arrangements… It all owes a debt of gratitude to the godfathers of AOR. But, and this is a but the size of J-Lo’s, B&T aren’t simply copycats. They do manage to inject a healthy dose of identity into the music. Check out “Innocence” or “Beautiful Losers” as an example of what I’m talking about.
A big part of the Journey influence is in the guitar playing. Was guitarist Ronnie Mancuso visited by the Ghost Of Schon Future? Who’s to say…
I was getting burned out on AOR albums, with too much subpar crap and “all star” projects (where the biggest star was probably the kid who empties the dustbin) clamoring for my attention. A well produced, well crafted CD like this restores my faith!
Rating – 88%
Review by Sancho