Star Blazers – Raining Fire

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I should say that I have a lot of trouble with vocals that aren’t on key. I know some artists have made quite a career of singing off key. For me, though, it’s like nails on a chalk board. That’s probably why when it comes to punk rock, I’m drawn more toward things like Green Day or the Ramones where it has better singing.

For that reason I have a lot of trouble with this album. There are few vocals here that approach being “on key.” If that doesn’t bother you, you will probably like this a lot more than I did. For me, if I just listen to the music and ignore the vocals, it’s definitely a better experience.

Although “Don’t Let It Rain” has some sections that feel a bit awkward, its energy and drive are good. It’s raw, but entertaining. “How’d I Ever Live” is the kind of thing that will get people moving. What it lacks in polish, it makes up for in energy.

The intensity remains, and “I Got A Feeling” drives forward. It’s not a big change, but it is a bit less distorted. I can hear some ties to things like Green Day on “Before Time Began.” It is rougher around the edges than that. It has a lot of drive and energy. The beat is infectious.

Parts of “Fly Away” seem to work really well. Other parts don’t gel quite so well. Overall, this is good, and brings a bit of change. It’s not great. The driving beat makes “Burning Wheels” work. It’s a moving cut that keeps up the energy and momentum well.

“Take Me Down” could benefit from some of the power and drive of the rest of the album. It’s not a bad song. It’s just a bit of a let-down. This was a bit of a difficult album for me to make it through. I can see the charms of it, though. I guess it is a jewel in the very rough.

7 out of 10

ALLMUSIC: http://www.allmusic.com/album/raining-fire-mw0003033862

Review by Diane Hill