Beauvoir/Free - 'American Trash'
Jean Beauvoir: Lead and background Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Drums
Micki Free: Lead Guitars, Rhythm And Acoustic Guitars
1.) "Angels Cry" -This intro opens with a short snare drum fill. After the short fill Micki kicks-in the rhythm guitar arrangement. After the riff is repeated three times Micki Overdubs a second rhythm guitar arrangement. Though this was a very simple riff when Micki overdubbed the second guitar this gives the guitar arrangements of the intro a very intense sound. There is a short snare/ tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar of the musical verse is basically the same one he used for the intro. Jean's voice for the verse sounded utterly amazing. It sounded as if the four lyric lines of the last measure of the verse was double-tracked. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The lead and backing vocals of the chorus gave this track huge eighties hard rock sound. There was a studio effect connecting the first chorus with the second verse. In between the first and second lyric line of the second chorus there was a backing vocal. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. At the end of the solo Micki overdubbed several notes. These overdubbed notes was played using two different types of guitars. After the solo there was a huge drum fill that lead to a musical rest. My personally opinion is I felt there should have been a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
2.) "Morning After" - This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff. After the opening rhythm riff Jean kicks-in a time keeping hi-hat rhythm. There was a couple minor lead guitar licks connecting the short intro with the musical verse. the guys used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as one the for the intro. For the musical chorus the band switched from an electric guitar rhythm to an acoustic guitar. The under laying rhythm underneath the acoustic guitar was a keyboard arrangement that was set up to sound like an orchestrated string arrangement. Te backing harmonies of the choruses of this song was amazing. There was a lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The way the two wrote the second verse consisted of a lead vocal line/backing harmony/a few lead guitar notes, repeat. This was an amazing songwriting technique was something I had never heard before and completely blew me away!!!! This was repeated before going into the second chorus. After the second chorus there was a rhythm guitar change. This rhythm guitar change lead to the lead guitar solo. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. The way the guys arranged the chorus reminded me of the stuff Jeff Pilson wrote for War & Peace.
3.) "American Trash" - This track opens with a tom-tom fill. The intro opens with just a single rhythm guitar arrangement. After the riff is played the first time it was repeated with the addition of a second guitar. It sounded like the second guitar was double-tracked. So in a sense you have the same rhythm guitar riff played with three guitars. The drum line kicks-in for the opening musical verse with a hi-hat and tambourine pattern. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro section. The musical verse consisted of two guitars playing the same rhythm arrangement. After the first chorus the song kicks-in. Underneath the first lyric line of the second verse there was a few lead guitar licks. After the second chorus there was a drastic musical change. This musical change lasted for just the third verse. After the third chorus there as a lead guitar solo section. Though this was a great song there is such a thing as too simple and that is what this song is, just to simple.
4.) "Whiplash" - The intro to this track consisted of a single rhythm guitar arrangement. Underneath the third riff a time keeping hi-hat pattern begins. The first lyric line of the verse starts over the top of the fourth rhythm riff. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the verse as the ne for the intro arrangement. For the second measure of the verse there was a hi-hat change along with the addition of a bass drum pattern. Underneath the last lyric line of the verse there was a tom-tom pattern. It is at this point the song kicks-in. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The band kept the chorus very basic. The second verse was basically the same as the first outside of the drum and bass line. After the second chorus there was a rhythm arrangement change for the lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo was very laid back and melodic.
5.) "Just Breathe" -This was an amazing ballad!!!!
6.) "Shotgun To The Heart" - This intro opened with a snare drum/tom-tom fill. The main body of the intro was very simple. There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the intro with the musical verse. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the intro. I loved the way the lyric arrangements were arranged for this song. The musical change a long with the way the chorus was arranged reminded me a lot of Lizzie Grey of Spiders & Snakes also formerly of London with Nikki Sixx. After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. The way the choruses of this song was written is the way hard rock was meant to be written. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo section. The last few notes of the solo section was double-tracked to give it a twin lead guitar solo feel.
7.) "Never Give Up" - This is another amazing ballad that shows Jean's and Mickie's songwriting talent!
8.) "Cold Dark December" - This track opens with eight palm muting effects. That is if I counted right. For the second measure the rhythm guitar arrangement, bass and drum line kick-in. There was no rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The eighth, ninth and tenth lyric lines of the verse was repeated. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The lyric lines of the chorus had very huge hooks attached to them. After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. The fourth, fifth and sixth lyric lines of the second verse was repeated. There was a couple lyric lines over the top of the opening of the second lead guitar solo. The repeated lyric lines wasn't backing harmonies but more of underlining lyric lines.
9.) "It's Never Too Late" -This track was lyric and music writing 101!
10.) "She's A K.O." - The wa y the guys wrote this track gave it a eighties hard rock musical feel with a sixies rock lyric arrangement. That really doesn't sound like it would sound to good however the two songwriters made it work very well.
11.) "There's No Starting Over" - This track opened with a classic eighties hard rock intro. There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the intro with the musical verse. There was a very cool musical change connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a very short lead guitar solo. The major lead guitar solo was over the top of the coda.
From Wendy O Williams to Crown Of Thorns Jean Beauvoir has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive. Native American guitarist and singer Micki Free has a long career dated back before being a member of Shalamar. The two have team up to create Beauvoir/Free and 'American Trash'.
For me as I listened to the songs on 'American Trash'. I could not help but think if a lot of the artist from the eighties hard rock genre had of written more song such as this instead of letting many of the labels let them concentrate on a certain look there still would be a market for this style of music in the United States! There honestly is not a bad song on the CD! It is a CD you will rotate for a very longtime. If you a fan of good solid melodic/hard rock then this will be well worth the money!!!!!