Ian Thornley is talented Dude Folks! Before he released this album full of Killer Hooks N Riffs Ian led the fantastic Boston Based Band Big Wreck for a couple of spins(albums) in the late 90s before they imploded.
Ian didn’t rest on his laurels though! No sir! He kept going. Assembled a kick ass band and like Big Wreck basically wrote all the tunes and boy did he ever deliver!
This album features guitars lots of guitars! No, let’s make that Loud Guitars mixed splendidly with a ton of acoustic guitars added to fill gaps. Wowzers I would have to admit that out of all of Thornley’s releases this is by far the best one. Now that he has resurrected Big Wreck and such he is still writing and putting out stuff which is pretty good but man this 2004 release is a Grand Slammer!
Game OF Thornley’s:
Ian Thornley/Lead Vocals and Lead Guitars
|1.||“Falling to Pieces”||Brown, Thornley||3:21|
|2.||“Come Again”||Brown, Marshall, Thornley||3:48|
|3.||“So Far So Good“||Brown, Thornley, Vallance||3:21|
|4.||“The Going Rate (My Fix)”||Brown, Thornley||3:46|
|5.||“Keep a Good Man Down”||Brown, Thornley||3:40|
|10.||“Found Another Way”||Brown, Thornley||3:08|
|11.||“All Comes Out in the Wash”||Thornley||3:42|
|12.||“The Lies That I Believe”|
Ian let go of the reigns somewhat and did some collaboration with Gavin Brown (who produced this album) and Bryan Adams sidekick Jim Vallance who wrote a couple of tracks one of which I will get to shortly.
Ian tosses down the heavy guitar riffage on this album! Guitars sound like a mashup of Soundgarden like Sludge Rock mixed with a dose of what Ian was doing in Big Wreck. Make no mistake folks Ian has a sound of his own on guitar! Ian though can sing with the best of them as to my ears he has a tinge of Chris Cornell in his vocal delivery!
These songs make no mistake about it are serious rock tracks but Thornley spices em up with some acoustic guitar but also keeps it in check as the Marshall’s are always cranked up to 10 on this album.
Sure Ian does all things Hard Rock on this album as opener Falling To Pieces sets the pace with a real super duper cool chorus meshed with some muscle upped guitar riff rock!
Come Again is another rock track but the lyrics tell the tale of isolation as young kid but as fame hits he’s still isolated as an Rock N Roll cliche now looking for revenge! Crank the vid below……
One interesting track is Beautiful. As I mentioned earlier Thornley co wrote it with Vallance and it’s basically your rock n roll power slow mo like tune but Ian grunges out the guitars in the chorus while his smooth as silk vocal delivery is the money shot! I usually don’t want to know about these kind of tunes but Beautiful stretches the boundaries both in lyrics and the sonics of song structure! Vallance give him props here as he didn’t go the formualtic Adams route in rock yet choose a different path! Song is posted at the top of the page and yup thats the cover of this album as well!
Clever I would have to say is my Choice track for this album. It has a real neat stomp about it and like many a track Ian delivers it in spades during the chorus. ‘I Said Hey No Way!” Belts Ian during the chorus and lookie Kids! I posted the vid with lyrics so you all can sing song with Ian!
Check this one out folks!