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I'm sure the big draw for most people to this album is ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. I'm not a monster Lizzy fan, so that really didn't woo me in any way, but man do I love all these melodic rock from the late 80s/early 90s. 21 Guns follows essentially the Bon Jovi meets Def Leppard formula of catchy songs and big hooks, with some good production sprinkled in to even it out. The album is a pretty strong outing for the guys, but this record also has some filler to its possession as well. Those songs though weren't enough to weigh this album down though, and songs like "Knee Deep," "Just A Wish," and "These Eyes" make this more than your average melodic rock release.
For the going price of this record you should definitely check these guys out. It's more than worth the whole penny you'd spend guys! If you like bands like Steelheart, Slaughter or any other early 90s hard rock bands, I'd buy this album quick.
To specifics: the vocals of La Verdi really are spot on for this sort of overwrought power balladeering and good time loud rock 'n' roll. Currently I've no idea what happened to him after 21 Guns but I hope he got to enjoy singing for years to come. He injects all the expected moves of the genre into what he is doing and if any complaint is to be made it is that it would be hard to buy into him as a wheeling, dealing, wicked woman stealing debauched troubadour - but this G rated released rarely asks him too. In fact his puppy good looks were almost certainly one of the reasons for his being hired - in interviews Gorham enthused how the female audience was really going to like him (true! Try to track down some of the press interviews this band did!).
Musically it is all pretty smooth. It is a testament to how professional a project this was that everything down to the last note sounds planned. Gorham isn't suited to restraint all the time and while he keeps it all polite there is a heck of a lot of lively fun in a range of the louder tunes here such as Knee Deep and Little Sister.Read more ›
21 Guns finds Gorham paired (and quite perfectly) with singer Tommy La Verdi, whose strong, steady voice was ideal for the songs Gorham and bassist Leif Johansen came up with. The music on Salute is very much in the arena rocking AOR/melodic hard rock style that bands like Bad English, Damn Yankees, Bad Company and Giant were delivering at the time. Salute is a very strong album from start to finish, and features some very catchy, and very well-written pop/rock songs. Leadoff single "Knee Deep" starts things off with a bang, and it just keeps going from there. Had they hit just 2-3 years earlier, songs like "These Eyes" and "Marching in Time" would have been radio/MTV staples.
This one's a winner folks. If you missed it the first time around, you owe it to yourself to track this album down, especially given now that it has been reissued. If you enjoy AOR, melodic rock, and/or hair metal - anyone from Bon Jovi and Def Leppard to Bad English and Damn Yankees to Aldo Nova and Firehouse - you'll love 21 Guns' Salute.
Edition Notes: British reissue specialists Rock Candy Records released a first class reissue of Salute in 2013. The reissue features digitally remastered audio that breathes new life into the album. There are no bonus tracks, but the booklet is loaded with vintage photos and a band bio/interview. The remastering alone ought to make this a worthwhile upgrade, and pushes this 4-star album into 5-star territory.
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This album came out at the wrong time and with no publicity. It took a little while to grow on me, but it is great. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by a reader
This type of release is why hard rock/melodic rock fans were stuck with bands like The Melvins and Belly for 5 years. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Aron Basile
Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy fame 21 guns released 3 albums! This first debut CD is very melodic and has some fine ballads and rockers! Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by nick bacic
I am so happy with the product the condition of it was like I had brought it at Best Buy was a little hesitant but was very pleased when I received the CD I would definitely... Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by John
This band was about 5 years too late with there release "Salute". 21 Guns puts together an amazing Classic 80's Rock album, in 1992. Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by Jae Lee