Only Child – Only Child [1988]

Country USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 87/100

Band Members Charles Esposito – Drums, Backing Vocals, Murrill Maglio – Bass, Backing Vocals, Paul Sabu – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Tommy Rude – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Just Ask, 02. Always, 03. I Wanna Touch, 04. I Remember The Night, 05. Love To The Limit, 06. I Believe In You, 07. Save A Place In Your Heart, 08. Rebel Eyes, 09. Scream Until You Like It, 10. Shot Heard Around The World

Profile Having debuted his solo career in the late `70s, American singer/guitarist/producer Paul Sabu released two studio album during the early `80s; the first under the band name “Kidd Glove”(1984) and the second as “Paul Sabu-Heartbreak”(1985). In 1988 the front man re-emerged under a new band-name “Only Child”.

The new out-fit featured beyond Paul on lead vocals and guitars, bassist Murrill Maglio, keyboardist Tommy Rude and drummer Charles Esposito (who also played on the “Heartbreak” album. Essentially “Only Child” was Sabu’s attempts to combine his trademark AOR sound with the glam metal style of the late `80s.

“Only Child” is built equally on guitars and keyboards handling the majority of melodies on the album, only topped by Sabu’s incredible Coverdale/Winger-like vocals. The rhythm section deviates somewhat from the over-produced pounding sound of most late `80s recordings being rather natural sounding still including its fair share of toms.

“Only Child” is considered by many one of the best AOR albums of all time; though one might find the claim exaggerative, the album is clearly a solid work in melodic hard rock/glam metal featuring such highlights as “Always”, “I remember the night”, “I believe in you” and “Save a place in your heart” are the cream of `80s Adult oriented rock.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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