Blue Murder – Nothin’ But Trouble [1993]

BLUE_MURDER_NOTHINGCountry USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
John Sykes – Guitars,Vocals, Marco Mendoza – Bass Guitar, Nik Green – Keyboards, Tommy O’Steen – Drums,Background Vocals

Tracks
01. We All Fall Down (4:47), 02. Itchycoo Park (3:46), 03. Cry For Love (6:57), 04. Runaway (5:58), 05. Dance (4:08), 06. I’m On Fire (4:45), 07. Save My Love (4:48), 08. Love Child (5:29), 09. Shouldn’t Have Let You Go (4:10), 10. I Need An Angel (7:02), 11. She Knows (3:38), 12. Bye Bye (Bonus Track) (4:16)

Profile “Nothin’ but trouble” is the second studio album by melodic hard rock band “Blue Murder” originally released in 1993. The band established by guitar hero John Sykes (“Whitesnake”, “Thin Lizzy”) remerged four years past their debut under a new line up, featuring drummer Tommy O’Steen and bassist extraordinaire Marco Mendoza.

In comparison to the “Blue murder” debut, “…Trouble” retains the very high technical standards the group established in the late `80s, still the songwriting takes a considerable turn towards a groovier and less melodic sound. The lyrics once again cover rather diverse areas such as drug abuse, outlaw life and heartbreak. The album opens on the dynamic, fast paced rocker “We all fall down” which is one of the greatest tunes on the album. Still the real musical feat of the album is “Cry for love”, a heartbreaker rocker turned 7-minute epic thanks to the titanic groove of Tommy and Marco; once again John’s guitar shines throughout reaching a climactic solo which should be considered amongst his greatest lead guitar works. From there onwards there is the snake-styled ballad “Save my love” and the acoustic cover of “Itchycoo park” that forcefully stand out.

“Nothin’ but trouble” was to be the last studio release by “Blue Murder” as the group would be renamed after their founder as “Sykes” which also signifies a turn in markets as the following albums would aim primarily at the Japanese audience. The live album that followed, effectively closed the “Blue Murder” chapter.

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