Jetboy – Born To Fly (Review)

Artist: Jetboy
Album: Born to Fly
Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal
Label: Frontiers Music srl.
Release Date: January 25, 2019

Jetboy have at long last returned with a full album of new material.  Jetboy was always a bit of a square peg in the 80’s glam metal scene.  Musically, they weren’t that different than bands like L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and Ratt.  However,  a lot of people weren’t sure what to think of lead vocalist, Mickey Finn’s hairstyle, his trademarked mohawk.  Many people saw them and instantly labeled the band as punk because of it.  If they didn’t listen to the band’s music they truly missed out on some cool stuff, because Jetboy could definitely rock with the best of them.  Their brand of Rolling Stone style-infused rock mixed with glam metal was a standout in the field of a lot of imitators.  Fast forward to 2019 and  the band releases “Born To Fly”, which seems to pick up right where they left off. This one’s filled with great rockers like “Beating The Odds”, “Born To Fly”, “A Little Bit Easy” and “Party Time”.  I’m really digging the sleaziness of “A Little Bit Easy”, which is my favorite track.  The old phrase, “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore”, is appropriate here.  A solid outing that sees the band doing what they’ve done best without attempting to latch onto a more modern sound.  The addition of former Faster Pussycat bass player, Eric Stacy really adds a great low end to the music and helps provide a solid backbone for new songs that seem to be timeless. “Born To Fly” proves that naysayers are all wrong when they write off rock n’ roll as a dead art form.  Not only is it alive, but it’s fighting back with a vengeance.

Tracklisting:

1. Beating The Odds

2. Born To Fly

3. Old Dog, New Tricks

4. The Way That You Move Me

5. Brokenhearted Daydream

6. Inspiration From Desperation

7. All Over Again

8. She

9. A Little Bit Easy

10. Every Time I Go

11. Smoky Ebony

12. Party Time!

 

JETBOY Lineup:

Mickey Finn – Lead Vocals + Harmonica

Fernie Rod – Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals

Billy Rowe – Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals

Eric Stacy – Bass

Al Serrato – Drums

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