Black N' Blue - 'Hell Yeah!'
Released through Frontiers Records on 5/13/2011
Jaime St. James - vocals
Jef "Woop' Warner - guitars
Patrick Young - bass
Pete Holmes - drums
Shawn Sonnenschein - guitars
1.) "Monkey" -This intro opens with a bass line. After the first measure a rhythm guitar riff kicks-in along with a bass drum kick. At the end of the second measure Jaime say's "stand back". At this point he does a vocal scream to connect the intro with the verse. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The guys change the rhythm guitar riffs underneath the vocal lines of the verse. For the chorus the band used the same rhythm riff as the one they used for the intro. There is a twin lead guitar solo after the second chorus.
2.) "Target" -This intro consisted of a very simple rhythm riff over the top a bass & drum line. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The way the phrasing of the lyrics is classic St. James. The bass track is turned up on this song giving it a mean sound! There is a backing harmony connecting the verse with the pre-chorus. The guys kept the chorus very simple. The lead guitar solo connects the second and third chorus. There is a huge bass line that runs through the coda.
3.) "Hail Hail" - This track consisted of a very basic eighties hard rock intro section. There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse. The lyric phrasing of the chorus was very reminiscent to classic Black N' Blue. After the second chorus there is a breakdown section. This breakdown section consisted of a vocal line over the top of it. Though the solo was short the way it was written fit the song perfectly!!! There is a minor solo over top of the coda.
4.) "Fools Bleed" -This intro opens with a clean electric guitar riff. The band used the same rhythm riff for the verse as the one for the intro section. The band does not kick-in until the pre-chorus. The chorus of the song has a huge hook attached to it. The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. The peeks & valleys of this song is what gives this song it's hook.
5.) "C'Mon" -The rhythm guitar riff that opens this track has an Angus Young (AC/DC) feel to it. The band uses the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro. To give the musical verse a different feel they added a second underlying rhythm riff. The guitars are just heavy enough to drown Jaime's vocals. It's like they turned everything to 11 then put the vocals on 8. The musicianship on this track is great it just wasn't well produced at all.
6.) "Jaime's Got The Beer" - just a fun band song.
7.) " Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch" -This track is about as simple as they come. Which was what made Black N' Blue great.
8.) "So Long" -This track opens with a very basic hard rock intro arrangement. The rhythm guitar change for the pre-verse consisted of several rests letting the bass & drum line bleed through. There is a small musical change for the musical verse. The guys kept the choruses very basic. The twin solo on this track blew me away and is what makes the song.
9.) "Trippin' 45" -acoustic guitar instrumental
10.) "Falling Down" - This track opens with a very simple what sounds like to be an amplified acoustic guitar arrangement. After one measure Jaime kicks the vocal line in so you really can say this track has no intro arrangement. The bass kicks-in on the third lyric line. There is a small lead guitar lick leading into the musical chorus. The musical chorus is when the band kicks the song in. Throughout the entire song there are two different rhythm guitar arrangements. After the second chorus there is a twin lead guitar solo.
11.) "Candy" -This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff. after the riff is played once the rest of the band kick-in with a huge snare fill. There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse. There is a small lead guitar solo run connecting each lyric line. The chorus had a huge Black n' Blue hook attached to it. The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with third chorus.
12.) "Hell Yeah!" - As you can tell by the name of this song this is the title track for the CD. This track opens with a single guitar riff then both guitarists playing the same riff, then single. So, through the intro you have single/double/singe/double, etc...I can't say any guitar tracks have ever been recorded such as this. However it is one hell of an idea and gives the intro a very cool sound. The band used the same guitar riff as the one for the intro arrangement. The only difference is they placed the riff in between Jaime's vocal lines. There is no rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. There are small vocal accents over the top of the coda.
13.) "World Goes Round" - This track consisted of a drum rhythm underneath a simple electric guitar riff that is underneath a sitar arrangement. This gave the intro a very L.A. Guns 'Hollywood Vampires' feel to it. I wish more artists' especially metal bans would incorporate the sitar in their ballads. It is such a versatile instrument and has a beautiful sound to it. There is a rhythm change for the opening chorus. After the second chorus there is a rhythm change that leads into the lead guitar solo section. There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third chorus. I think this is the first track I have ever heard that is all chorus.
14.) "A Tribute To Hawking" - A simple tribute to Stephen Hawking. The acoustic guitar work on 1:10 track made the song.
Each year since 2003 'Hell Yeah!' will get a release date. The date would come, go and get rescheduled. Finally Frontiers received the rights to the album and the balls to release it!.
I'm not even going to blame Ole Controlling Uncle Gene Simmons (KISS) for Black N' Blue to be as underrated as they are. I'll blame him for the help in their downfall due to their last release titled, 'In Heat'. Black N' Blue's lack of success was 1984 and the quality of albums released that years. I mean Hell Autogragh the very band that created the ten finger-finger taping technique was over looked. For a band who has not recorded since 1988 the guys picked up not only where they left off however miles ahead of it. This is an absolute must own!!!!!!