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UNIVERSAL JUVENILES

Max Webster

 

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3.13 | 12 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Max Webster rocks their last studio album!

Before Kim Mitchell was an established solo artist there was Max Webster. They'd already had a string of successful albums before this one, and on this one they pulled out all the stops. While not progressive at all in this outting there is still some progressive flavor. Most of this is in the track BATTLE SCAR, which is the albums biggest standout and features the members of label-mates and fellow Canadians - Rush. Geddy and Kim's voice work very well together, creating a great high-low effect, while Geddy's bass gives the track a really Rush feel (This album is for you - the Rush completionist!). Apart from that theres some great hard rock songs on here. The opener, IN THE LAND OF GIANTS, has a blindingly fast guitar riff from Kim with some great melodies in the chorus, a great song all around. Unfortunately, that kind of music is not throughout the entire album. There's some more strait forward stuff, such as CHECK and WHAT DO YOU DO... which is okay, but not amazing. Some of the other good songs on here are the ones where Webster goes outside the box (if even a little bit) on tracks like JUVENILES DON'T STOP and DRIVE AND DESIRE. CHALKERS is another good song with a cool pace to it that's pseudo-progressive, same goes for CRY OUT FOR YOUR LIFE.

All in all this is a good rock album with some prog elements. Of course, the collaboration with Rush is enough to make any big Rush fans buy it, and wile they may only be on one track the rest of the album definitely has it's moments and is well worth the buy. Recommended for anyone to needs to hear Rush in a not Rush song, anyone who likes 70s classic rock, and anyone who wants to hear Kim before something like "Go for a Soda" or "I'm a Wild Party". 3 stars! Good album!

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |

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