Shaw Blades - Hallucination (Warner Bros.) 1995
1. "My Hallucination"
One half of the Damn Yankees unite to record this one-off CD Shaw Blades. Damn Yankees drummer Micheal Cartellone also makes a guest appearance on a couple of tracks as well. Ted Nugent was a key ingredient in the success of the Damn Yankees. With him missing, there is a certain part of the charisma that is also missing. That's not to say this CD sucks however. This is a melodic, acoustic rock album that is big on hooks and melodies as well as a crisp, clean recording. Although it may sound trite, Hallucination really does recall Styx/Night Ranger's radio-friendly melodies and ballardy. Without a doubt the songwriting of the Damn Yankees is also present, although this CD is quite a bit more mellow and a whole lot bluesier. "Down that Highway" for example is pure Southern blues. Although I was a bit disappointed that this disc was not another Damn Yankees disc, I still enjoyed the acoustic nature of this disc.