Paul Laine – Stick It In Your Ear [1990]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: Canada          STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock

RATING: 88/100

BAND MEMBERS
Kenny “Kaos” Loney – Guitars, Pat Steward – Drums, Paul Gogo – Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Paul Laine – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Scott Brown – Bass, Backing Vocals

TRACKS
01. One Step Over The Line (7:06), 02. We Are The Young (5:03), 03. Dorianna (5:17), 04. Is It Love (4:09), 05. Heart Of America (4:45), 06. Main Attraction (4:36), 07. Doin’ Time (5:24), 08. I’ll Be There (5:58), 09. Break Down The Barricades (3:41)

PROFILE
Although mostly known as the lead singer for hard rock/glam metal band `Danger Danger’ from the mid `90s to the mid `00s, it is arguably “Stick it in your ear” that launched the Canadian vocalist’s career in the rock world. “Stick it in your ear” is the solo and recording debut of Paul Laine, originally released in 1990, one of the best, and most overlooked, albums of the early `90s melodic rock genre.

Stick It In Your Ear is a perfect example of the melodic rock sound at the end of the `80s. You can hear the influence of classic AOR bands like Journey and Loverboy as well as the hair metal sound of Poison and Winger, and considered by both press and fans of the genre a classic AOR album and one of the greatest ever.

Naturally the album borrows considerably from hair metal in thick guitars and stylish-at times macho-singing from Laine. For that matter the album is probably the most versatile vocal performance that Paul has expressed in his recording career. It moves from the angelic clean AOR vocals (which wood soon become the singer’s trademark), to mature and rough tones (in the style of Coverdale and Winger) as well as making fair use of high pitched notes particularly during the choruses and backing vocals.

The songwriting moves from pomp AOR, to glam metal, to acoustic and semi acoustic rockers in a way that challenges and promotes at the same time the amazing vocal abilities of the Canadian singer. Favorite tracks include “Dorianna”, “Is it love”, “We are the young” and “Heart of America”.

Paul Laine came about as close to melodic rock perfection as you can possibly get with this album. If you’re a fan of the late `80s and early `90s AOR/melodic rock/arena rock sound, particularly bands like Giant, Tyketto, Von Groove, Bad English and Bon Jovi, you definitely need to check out Stick It In Your Ear, especially now that it has been reissued.

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