JAMES CHRISTIAN – Lay It All On Me
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 20-06-2013
Once a decade, House Of Lords leader James Christian has been able to release his own solo material in album format. "Lay It All on Me" is the third such venture and first in 9 years, using a series of fine songwriting talent (Jimi Bell, Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, and Jeff Kent) and players like drummers BJ Zampa and David Sherman, guitarists Jorge Salas and Shelby Stewart, plus Robin Beck on background vocals to fill out this fine melodic rock/ AOR engagement.
Large choruses, instant commercial hooks that livened up the 80’s rock radio scene, and the mega voice of James Christian bringing it all home. From the Giuffria meets Honeymoon Suite like "Believe In Me" to the slightly church gospel-like vocal oriented title cut, the 11 songs should have a home on any rock station worth the stones to discover tried and true talent. Highlights include the keyboard/ guitar tradeoffs for the swinging anthem "You’re So Bad" as well as the slinky AOR magnificent "Sincerely Yours".
There’s something to be admired about high quality output for a musician since the late 80’s- James Christian is one of the best vocalists in melodic rock/ AOR, and this album proves his professionalism and inspiration are still at top level.