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Chez Kane: Chez Kane
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Chez Kane: Chez Kane

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

British vocalist Chez Kane is introduced to us by Crazy Lixx vocalist, guitarist, and producer Danny Rexon who, with backing of Frontiers Music, has gone scouting about for new talent. Specifically, Rexon was hoping to advance a female vocalist, akin to Lee Aaron, Lita Ford, or Robin Beck, in an AOR melodic hard rock context. Ms Kane, in turn, was looking to branch out from her band Kane'd (featuring her two sisters also), and record a solo album. The result is Ms Kane self-titled debut album featuring songs and production by Danny Rexon.

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Musically, the Kane/Rexon album is something of a nostalgic trip to classic Eighties rock. Wherein the classic musical elements reign, including rock rhythm and groove, keen song harmony and melody, big riffs and even bigger guitar solos, catchy choruses and, sometimes, a smattering of keyboards. But Rexon also admits that you'll hear his signature Crazy Lixx influences. As for Ms Kane my first impression of her voice was thinking of Pat Benatar, then perhaps dropping in the assertive nice of Doro. Whomever or whatever timbre you might hear, Kane's style works with Rexon's interpretation of classic AOR melodic hard rock (perhaps on the heavier side of the genre).

Speaking then to a few songs, you'll find some fast, tough, yet melodic rockers with Rocket On The Radio, Midnight Rendezvous, and Too Late For Love. On a more AOR side, Defenders Of The Heart turns up the guitar and vocal harmony for something less heavy, but more smooth, with notable song melody and a killer guitar solo. With All Of It, you get a song built upon a big drum beat, heavy riffs, gang vocal harmony, a simple but catchy refrain, and another roaring guitar solo. This one sounded like something Joan Jett might have done back in the day. Alternatively, with the expansive arena rocker Better Than Love, you'll find two additional things: the synth presence to lead the song and the finishing sax solos that round out the latter half. The songs starts the album and hits a home run. All said, with support from Crazy Lixx's Danny Rexon, Chez Kane's debut solo effort is a solid and entertaining album of AOR-driven classic melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.




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The Bottom Line

All said, with support from Crazy Lixx's Danny Rexon, Chez Kane's debut solo effort is a solid and entertaining album of AOR-driven classic melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.

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