Flesh – Flesh [1994]

Flesh Bettencourt CheroneCountry USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Paulo Bettencourt – Lead/Backing Vocals, Markus Cherone – Guitars, Stephen Powell – Bass,Backing Vocals, Gonga – Drums, Gary Cherone – Backing Vocals, Nuno Bettencourt – Additional stuff,Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. DanceHard, 02. Weight of the World, 03. Don’t Know Love, 04. Who Can Love You, 05. I Miss My Baby, 06. Sexxx, 07. Makin’ Money, 08. You Know What to Do, 09. Think Too Much, 10. The Almighty Man, 11. Jam, 12. Into My Sea

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Profile Flesh was a Boston-bred band that never make it big, confined to a cult status. Founder members are guitarist Markus Cherone and lead vocalist Paulo Bettencourt, the less famous brothers of Extreme’s lead vocalist Gary Cherone and flash lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. In fact, Flesh debut was the first band signed by Colorblind Records, Nuno’s own label, and also was produced by him. That’s said, the Extreme influence into their music can’t be denied, also some ’70s / ’80s classic bands as Aerosmith. Paulo sings definitely in the Cherone style, and some tunes sound like Extreme’s III Sides To Every Story, specially the ballads.

First track “DanceHard” is a good hard rock song with nice riffing and catchy (little) chorus. “Weight of the World” seems coming out of ‘III Sides’, and features an interesting solo but guitar is somehow buried in the mix. “Don’t Know Love” is obviously from a different recording session, as sounds a bit muddy. Pretty boring. “Who Can Love You” features a retro-style songwriting mixed with some hard funk elements. Not bad. “I Miss My Baby” is a lovely rock ballad that Bettencourt performs very well, a simple, nice song. “Sexxx” is one on the best tracks of the album, very very Extreme II, while “Makin’ Money” arrangements are ’70s influenced with lyrics about how money affects people.

I like the riff of “You Know What To Do”, a track that with better production should sound great. “The Almighty Man”, promoted as the first single, is a very nice tune with acoustic guitars and very good harmonies. The album ends with the most elaborated track of the whole disc. “Into My Sea” is a tasty good ballad, very calm, with lyrics referring to God, featuring a church organ, violin and cello (not in the traditional way). This is a great tune, original and inspired. “Flesh” is at times a good album, that suffers a lack of consistency due the different recording sessions and a little weak songwriting on some tracks. Nuno has done a good production job on many tracks although the mix could be better. This disc is rarity, recommended to every Extreme fan and rock completionist.

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