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Girlschool – Demolition (Reissue)

by Jess at 23 March 2017, 12:59 AM

We’re going old school again with another GIRLSCHOOL album “Demolition”, their first full-length album, released in 1980. These ladies are incredible artists and I can’t wait to hear what their first album is like. “Demolition” comes in with 10 original tracks and 5 additional tracks and a listening time of right at 51 minutes.

The opening track, “Demolition Boys” comes in with a screaming siren. There is a ton of energy and at about two minutes and 30 seconds there is a kick ass guitar solo that completes this track perfectly. While these ladies are known to power out a guitar solo or two, this one had something special to it, and with its position in the first track of their debut album, you can’t help but to be pulled in. Over all the track was engaging and energetic creating a great opener to an album I’m sure will impress.

Not For Sale”, track two, comes in with a little bit of a Southern Bluesy Rock feel. The guitar work really helps elevate that feeling, along with the vocals. The bass is a nice touch but seems a little overshadowed for most of the track. The drums add that next level of Bluesy Rock. This track is something I could imagine on my local Classic Rock station.

Track five, “Nothing To Lose” comes in with one hell of an intro. The bass is very prominent and sounds phenomenal. The guitar is a groovy bit and the drums keep that grove alive and banging. The vocals are a little more biting here, but fantastic nonetheless. It is fun and something I could see being blasted at your early ‘80’s dance party. It almost swings with a little bit of a Pop-esque feel of the time.

Emergency” track eight is very much a Pop meets Rock track. The vocals propel this into the radio worthy track this it is. While this track does have some incredible guitar and drum work, there is this feeling that this track, much like the others would do well in those ‘80’s movies that with those parties and the big hair. “999 Emergency…”, I just see a bunch of chicks screaming their hearts out to this track.

The final track of the original album “Deadline” starts with a bit of a deeper guitar, but keeps a fast tempo, like the majority of this album. The vocals in this track revert back to their biting ways. The bass in this track is marvelous. This is probably my favorite track on the album for bass and perhaps in general. There are so many elements here, but the best is the more Metal tone and feel. Also, the sliding guitars are pretty phenomenal as well.

Demolition”, GIRLSCHOOLS debut release in 1980 is a good album that brings a bit of Pop, Punk and Heavy Metal all melted into one energetic rocking album. There is a distinct difference in both lead vocalists. One has a bite to her vocals and thus creating a more Metal track and the other has a more soft falsetto, which creates a more Poppy track. It’s a neat contrast, and as the band matures, so do the vocals. This album is a great classic ‘80’s sound. Give it a whirl.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Demolition Boys
2. Not For Sale
3. Race With The Devil
4. Take It All Away
5. Nothing To Lose
6. Breakdown
7. Midnight Ride
8. Emergency
9. Baby Doll
10. Deadline
11. Take It All Away (single)
12. It Could Be Better (single)
13. Nothing To Lose (single)
14. Not For Sale (demo)
15. Furniture Fire (B-side Emergency)
Kim McAuliffe - Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocal
Enid Williams - Bass Guitar and Lead Vocal
Jackie Chambers - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Denise Dufort - Drums
Record Label: Dissonance Productions


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