Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Loverboy - Keep It Up
Performing on the album were Mike Reno (lead vocals), Paul Dean (guitar and vocals), Matt Frenette (drums), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Scott Smith (bass and vocals). Additionally, Nancy Nash provided some vocals and Jean Piche played synthesizer.
Side one opens with “Hot Girls in Love”, the album’s first single. It reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 9 in Canada, and number 2 on the US Mainstream Rock charts. I love how this one revs right out of the gate and barrels forward for the entire four minutes, thanks to the guitars and drums. This one was a perfect candidate for the soundtrack of teenaged lust and hormones in overdrive.
“Strike Zone” is all about not psyching yourself out even before you step up to the plate and take a shot. I can remember the album-oriented rock stations playing this one a lot; it is a strong six minute song.
Things slow down with “It’s Never Easy”, a synth heavy ballad about coping with heartbreak.
“Chance of a Lifetime”, the B-side to the second single, closes off the first half. This bouncy rocker warns that hesitation might cost you happiness; you just have to seize the opportunity when it is presented as you might not get a second shot.
Side two begins with “Queen of the Broken Hearts”, the tale of a girl who searches for Mister Right but is reluctant to take a chance because she has been previously hurt. As the second single, it rose to number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 22 in Canada, and number 11 on the US Mainstream Rock charts.
“Prime of Your Life” opens with a grinding guitar solo, which is soon joined by trumpeting synths.
“Passion Pit” has a try-anything-once attitude towards sex.
“One-Sided Love Affair” is next. It tells of a guy who is inspired musically and romantically by a woman who does not respond in kind.
The final track “Meltdown” was also the B-side to the first single. Musically, it winds things down quite well.
The Buffalo album-oriented rock station reached a wide audience, both in the States and Canada. Thus growing up and listening to it, I definitely got a large exposure to Loverboy. My high school years corresponded to the release of their first three albums. Thus, it is no surprise I would become a fan.