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Chris Ousey- Rhyme & Reason [2011]

Chris Ousey combines forces with two legends of melodic rock in Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander to produce one of the strongest albums of the year. Mike Slamer from Steelhouse Lane fame handles guitars and production duties so you know that the music is going to sound absolutely stunning and melodic rock guru Tommy Denander co-produces and plays guitars throughout.

Their styles complement each other as both players love to have guitars and drums up front with lots of keyboard layers, big choruses, and a sick guitar solo in every song! Highlights include the great production and massive riffs of opening song “The Mother Of Invention”, the great chorus and intense guitar playing in “To Break A Heart”, the killer verses and keyboard sounds in “A Chemical High”, the nice shuffle groove of “Watch This Space”, and the emotional vibe of “A Natural Law”. The rhythm section is huge with session ace Gregg Bissonette hammering the drums and bassist Neil Murray who played on the classic Whitesnake album from 1987 completing the awesome lineup.

Chris Ousey has a strong voice but I feel it isn’t quite in the same league as other melodic rock vocal legends like Joseph Williams, Fergie Frederiksen, and Terry Brock which prevents this album from reaching the heights that I was hoping for. Despite the fact that we have heard this type of sound on previous albums by Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander, Rhyme & Reason is still one of the strongest albums this year and represents everything that is good about high quality melodic rock.

Band Members
Chris Ousey – Vocals
Gregg Bisonette – Drums
Mike Slamer – Guitars, Keyboards
Neil Murray – Bass
Tommy Denander – Guitars, Keyboards

Tracks
01. Mother Of Invention
02. Motivation
03. To Break A Heart
04. Bleeding Heart
05. A Chemical High
06. Give Me Shelter
07. The Reason Why
08. Any Other Day
09. Don’t Wanna Dance
10. Watch This Space
11. By Any Other Name
12. A Natural Law
13. The Longest Miles [Japan Bonus Track]

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