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De­fy­ing grav­iTy Fron­tiers Records ✪✪✪✪✪

Mr Big’s new al­bum was as fast to record (a week) as the play­ing on it! Fea­tur­ing 11 tracks, the quar­tet of Paul Gil­bert, Billy Shee­han, Eric Martin and Pat Tor­pey still have it (Matt Starr drummed on songs that Pat couldn’t due to Parkinson’s disease). Joined by their early pro­ducer Kevin El­son, this is a colour­ful, vi­brant and at times shred-tastic col­lage of great songs. Paul’s gui­tar is rich and warm but burns as few oth­ers can; Mean To Me may well be the band’s Ad­dicted/Daddy/Colorado chops song with a pre­cise dou­ble-time riff. Come solo time, Billy and Paul trade fry­ing fret­tery un­til Paul takes off with blues phrases, sear­ing bends and lick­ety-quick de­scend­ing lines. If you want higher volt­age, 1992 is thick with dis­tor­tion, half-time riffage, oc­tave melodies and blaz­ing pick­ing. As for the fi­nal track, Be Kind has a sec­ondary end­ing that fea­tures Paul blaz­ing as only he can. So yes, there are some great acous­tic songs, sta­dium rock­ers and soar­ing vo­cals but we’re happy to re­port that the Billy/Paul combo is still serv­ing up the goods.

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