Swiss melodic hard rockers China made their debut in 1988 with this self-titled album, which featured Krokus frontman Mark Storace on backing vocals. The band hit that not-quite-metal, not-quite-AOR point that a lot of European bands – think Treat, Heavy Pettin, Statetrooper and Shogun – seemed to love.
This album is a joyful embrace of everything great (and everything cheesy) about 80's rock. From rock anthems like “Shout It Out” and “Rock City”, to the Bic-flicking ballad “Wild Jealousy”, this album is all about catchy guitar hooks, keyboards, and pure Bon Jovi-style party rock. It's not remotely original, but it is an awful lot of fun.
If you're a big fan of melodic rock, particularly from the European scene in the 80's, you'll want to check China out.
Edition Notes: Southwind's 2012 reissue of China is a pretty bare-bones offering. There are no bonus tracks, and the booklet doesn't have much. The album has been remastered though, and between that and how hard the original pressing was to find, this reissue is a welcome release.
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