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Black Swan - Generation Mind Award winner

Black Swan
Generation Mind
by Kevin Lewis at 16 May 2022, 3:51 PM

BLACK SWAN is a supergroup of Hard Rock personalities who got together and have put out two AOR/hard rock albums. “Generation Mind” is the second offering, released on April 8th, 2022, via Frontiers Records SRL.

The record opens with “Before the Light,” an almost eerie instrumental that uses haunting tones and ambience to set a mood. At just over one minute, this is merely a tease of what is to come. “She Hides Behind” is next and really has nothing of the intro’s tempo or tones. This is straight 80s rock. It is not DOKKEN or WHITESNAKE or SCHENKER, but you can hear those influences all over this disc. The band sticks to their historic style and excels in that arena.

Continuing the trend, “Generation Mind” and “Eagles Fly” both have excellent guitar work. The leads are precise and perfectly timed, the rhythms are beautifully executed, and the vocals are everything you’ve come to expect from a singer in this genre; gritty, belted, and crooned depending on what the phrase needs. The range of Robin McAuley is something to behold.

See You Cry” starts like it could go on to be the power ballad of the record, but after the guitar intro, it takes the heavy turn rather than withdrawing to be the softer, more emotional piece it could have been. To hear the song that takes the gentle path, drop down to “How Do You Feel.” This band can take a song wherever they want it to go. “How Do You Feel” took the power ballad route.

Long Way Down” and “Crown” both go the hard rock route, giving you that arena anthem feel. Catchy hooks and chantable lyrics give these songs something that 80s fan loves, a reason to stand up and yell as oud as they can while banging their heads and playing air guitar.

This album has everything a fan of Glam or Hair Metal needs. There are anthems, ballads, and rebellion. The backing vocals are sparse but placed very well. Whether they lead in a chorus or are part of said chorus, they offer the chance to sing along and just feel the music. If you want something to remind you of the good old days, this is one of the records you should reach for.

Songwriting:  8
Musicianship:  9
Memorability:  8
Production:  9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Before the Light
2. She Hides Behind
3. Generation Mind
4. Eagles Fly
5. See You Cry
6. Killer on The Loose
7. Miracle
8. How Do You Feel
9. Long Way Down
10. Crown
11. Wicked the Day
12. I Will Follow
Lineup:
Robin McAuley – Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass/Backing Vocals/Keyboards/Acoustic Guitar
Matt Starr – Drums
Reb Beach – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Casey McAuley – Additional Background Vocals
Record Label: Frontiers Records SRL
     


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