Don Jamieson from That Metal Show provides a 20 second introduction for Jim Crean’s latest release, promising a kick-ass epic rock recording.  Let me start off by letting you know that “Insatiable” delivers!  The first song is the title track and it jumpstarts the record in an “irresistible” way with it’s ’80s metal vibe and a guitar solo from Robby Lochner.  Steve Major handles rhythm guitar and bass while heavy hitter Vinny Appice drives the beat.  Jim Crean provides melodic vocals and is joined by several guest stars throughout the album.

    The next song is a must-mention!  It’s an honorable rendition of Ronnie James Dio’s “Caught in the Middle.”  Crean and Frank Dimino (Angel) share lead and background vocals on this one, creating some ultra smooth vocal harmonies.  The song also features original drummer Vinny Appice and original bassist, the late Jimmy Bain.

    Another standout is “Shut Your Mouth.”  It’s a Crean original with a notable bassline and absolutely sing-a-long-able lyrics.  If I didn’t already know this is a new release from Buffalo, New York’s very own Jim Crean, I might argue that it’s an ’80s relic from the Sunset Strip.  This album has a nice mix of originals and cover tunes that fit together rather seamlessly.

    The final track is a KISS cover written by Paul Stanley.  It was a pleasant surprise to hear “Magic Touch” from the “Dynasty” album.  Kudos to Jim Crean for including this KISS classic as a bonus track.  If you have an “Insatiable” craving for something new from the hair band era, this CD is sure to satisfy your appetite.

 

About The Author Dee Haley

Dee Haley's bio is all about the concerts. Since her first concert, Dee's favorite pastime has been checking out live music. With hundreds (maybe thousands) of concerts under this "musicologist's" belt, picking the top five shows was next to impossible. Dee's first and favorite concert was KISS, at "The Aud," in 1979. The following are some of the most memorable concerts on her list. Her top five concerts, a few honorable mentions, and to keep things interesting, her top five music festivals too. Top Five Concerts: 1.) KISS - Dynasty Tour - 8/8/79, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY (and every KISS tour since). 2.) Ronnie James Dio - Holy Diver Tour - 10/23/83, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY. 3.) Rammstein - Made In Germany Tour - 5/9/11, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada. 4.) Page & Plant - 10/19/95, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY. 5.) Aerosmith - Back in the Saddle Tour - 7/8/84, Erie Civic Center, Erie, PA. Honorable Mentions: 1.) Van Halen - 1984 Tour - 3/22/84, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY. 2.) Def Leppard - Hysteria Tour - 7/23/88, Cayuga County Fair, Weedsport, NY. 3.) Cheap Trick - Dream Police Tour - 9/22/79, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY. Top Five Music Festivals: 1.) Superfest 14 - 7/3/82, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY. 2.) Monsters of Rock - 6/19/88 - Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY. 3.) 9/11 Benefit Concert - United We Stand - 10/21/2001, RFK Stadium, Washington, DC. 4.) Buffalo Guitar Festival - 6/14-6/17/01 - Highlight was Rik Emmett at The Tralf Music Hall (George Benson joined him on stage for an awesome rendition of "On Broadway"). 5.) Sars Benefit Concert - 7/30/03 - Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada.