History: Cinderella passed the "eye test" as a hair band, but their music was far more a blues-rock effort than their peers in the genre. I saw him on That Metal Show with a guitar, no band, and figured this album would be a blues-y, folk-y, one-man-acoustical-jam-with-occasional-screaming, introspective comeback.
It's a full-on rocker from the get-go -- think Cinderella 2.0. The first track, "Solid Ground," makes it clear immediately that this is a two guitar, bass, keyboard, and drum attack. Despite his past vocal issues, Keifer can still hit the high notes, although the lower range shows some signs of wear and tear.
Tom Keifer - "Solid Ground"
Other highlights: "It's Not Enough" grooves, shimmies, and shines through a blues wave. "Cold Day in Hell," "Fool's Paradise," "Babylon," and "Mood Elevator" are all plus tunes. In all honesty, there isn't a dud on the album.
It's an easy listen, but holds enough edge and challenge to ensure you'll be back for more. I'm not the first to say it, but that don't mean it ain't the truth: this may be the best album of his career. (Which is saying something, I know.) Whether you are jumping back on board or getting on the train for the first time, this is definitely worth listening to.
CD Placement rating: Car iPod.