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Mr. Big – Actual Size [2001]

Actual Size released in 2001 was the sixth Mr Big album and the second to feature Richie Kotzen on guitar. Produced by Richie Zito, the mix is really clear and the album sounds really robust. Their previous album Get Over It was a very soulful and acoustic affair so it was great to hear them get a little more grunt back into their music this time around whilst still venturing along the soul infused pop path.

Highlights include the rocking opening track “Lost In America” which unleashes some Kotzen shred in the solo, the vocal harmonies and catchy chorus of “Shine”, the grooving riffs and awesome solo of “Suffocation”, the melodic ballad “I Don’t Want To Be Happy”, and the excellent soulful ballad “Nothing Like It In The World” which closes the album out in style . The Japanese reissue includes the bonus track “Deep Dark Secret” which is a nice addition to a good album.

Despite the fact that this was to be Mr Big’s last album with Kotzen and their last for nearly a decade, Actual Size was a good album that still holds up well after all these years but, for these ears, doesn’t really rise to the level of the Paul Gilbert fronted lineup.

Band Members
Billy Sheehan – Bass
Eric Martin – Vocals
Pat Torpey – Drums
Richie Kotzen – Guitars

01. Lost In America
02. Wake Up
03. Shine
04. Arrow
05. Mary Goes ‘Round
06. Suffocation
07. One World Away
08. I Don’t Want To Be Happy
09. Crawl Over Me
10. Cheap Little Thrill
11. How Did I Give Myself Away
12. Nothing Like It In The World

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