GARY JOHN BARDEN
From page 68 of Classic Rock Magazine August 2006
The Agony and Xtasy
More of the former than the latter.
Gary ‘John’ Barden boasts a healthy 80s rock CV including an early stint singing with MSG and co-writing credits with Gary Moore. If the mention of those names evokes an ecstatic frisson you’d better relish the sensation while you can, for there’s a bland predictability here that could easily induce agony.
Arise, the honky-tonk No More Reasons and inevitable ballad Change Of Mind clinically offer the pre-requisite styles necessary in any ‘will this do?’ rock album. Michael Schenker delivers a blistering intro to Let Me Down , but that isn’t enough to save an album that lacks the grit and guts to pull Barden into the 21st century. Ultimately left with neither agony nor ecstasy, just a dull, mediocre ache.