Every nine years or so, House of Lords vocalist James Christian gets that itch and heads to the studio to record another solo album. Lay It All On Me is his third effort, recorded in his own studio in Florida. Christian gets some songwriting and playing help from friends and HoL members including Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, Jimi Bell and Jeff Kent; his wife Robin Beck adds backing vocals.
Having only familiarity with House of Lords material, coming to a Christian solo album has some predefined expectations. The line between his personal expression on this album and an HoL album is a blurry one at the very best. Being an accomplished lyricist, songwriter, and producer, putting his stamp on either effort is inevitable. Yet, if anything, Lay It All On Me probably treads the path of more AOR melodic rock, rather than the harder rock of House of Lords. But even this could be splitting hairs.
In either context, Christian still rocks. You're So Bad, Welcome to Your Future, Shot in the Dark, and She's All the Rage finds him kicking out the jams, yet without steering the melodic rock boat into rougher waters. Alternatively, and generally, there is a milder feeling (and not because they may be ballads) to many songs here including the title track, Day In The Sun, Sincerely Yours, or Let It Shine. Fundamentally, Lay It All On Me is another showcase for James Christian's superb songwriting and slightly sandpaper raspy vocal skills. Recommended.
Fundamentally, Lay It All On Me is another melodic rock showcase for James Christian's superb songwriting and slightly sandpaper raspy vocal skills. Recommended.
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