Wild Horses - Bareback (Atlantic) 1991
1. "Cool Me Down"
'Bareback' is a slick AOR/heavy metal disc with big choruses and thick, beefy production. Vocalist John Lesuesque has a classic, clean heavy metal voice. He sounds a like a mixture of Bruce Dickinson and David Coverdale, although the overall vocal melodies and sound of the album has Lesuesque sounding more like Whitesnake than even the most commercial Iron Maiden track. From the sound of this disc, I would imagine that Atlantic put nothing into marketing it because had they spent some bucks to get this band airplay and advertising I can imagine they would have been huge in 1991, when this sort of glossy hard rock was still on the top of the scene. It's interesting to note that Wild Horses features Rick Stier and James Kollak, former members of Kingdom Come, so the Zeppelin influences are also apparent, although no where near the extent of Kingdom Come. Lyrics are typical of this genre; love, heartbreak, women, wine and song. A few interesting guest musicians on this disc including Thin Lizzy keyboardist Darren Wharton and Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson.