Messano – Messano [1989]

Country USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Bobby Messano – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Erik Boyd – Bass, Joey Zee – Keybaords, Mike Gage – Drums

Additional Musicians Chuck Burgi,Jimmy Clark – Drums, Donnie Kisselbach – Bass, Gary Corbett – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Hide Our Love Away (Tell Me Why), 02. Sing It, Shout It, 03. You And I (Are Forever), 04. Rock & Roll Heaven, 05. Stand And Fight, 06. Don’t Tell Me It’s Over, 07. Hot N’ Heavy, 08. Rock Out, 09. (On The) Firing Line, 10. Four Play, 11. Face Behind The Axe

Profile “Messano” is the self titled debut album by melodic hard rock singer/guitarist Bobby Messano originally released in 1989, reissued lately by “Retrospect” records in 2007. Bobby Messano entered the rock scene as a member of “Starz” and performed on a session basis throughout the `80s for various highly acclaimed artists in the genres of AOR, melodic hard rock and glam metal. This particular reissue features the original 11-track album plus five additional songs.

So with a total of 16 songs on offer you should expect that the Messano debut touches just about every style of `80s rock; from the opening melodic rocker “Hide our love away” to the acoustically driven “You and I”, to the double bass attack of “Rock’n roll Heaven” and the keyboard driven “Stand and Fight”, Messano proves a very well rounded album.

It becomes clear that Bobby’s experience with various artists have impacted on “Messano” sounding admirably diverse. No question, vocally and instrumentally Messano is more than accomplished, though perhaps his songwriting is not quite in the same league as contemporaries Kip Winger and Paul Sabu.

Overall the Messano debut is as complete a slice of `80s rock as it gets; it is by no means flawless but should provide a satisfactory experience to the genre’s enthusiast particularly those who collect melodic rock albums of that era.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

 

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