For 5 years Sweden's Baby Jane has been treading the boards, mostly in their home country but also in the UK and Germany and now the time has come to unleash their first full lenght album. The band's previous releases ( 2 EP's and a single) merely gave us a taste of what these gentlemen are cappable of creating but with “In The Spotlight” they finally come out all guns blazing.
From beginning to end this platter is a sleaze fan's wet dream with plenty of infectious hooks and melodies that instantly kill any chance of your attention shifting towards something else while listening.
Musically Baby Jane remind me of Dave Leppard era Crashdiët, when the band's songs were drippin' with sleaze and still had a bite to them that later day material is somehow missing. All of the songs on offer here are punchy and memorable with all but one being highly rockin' romps. At the opposite side of that rockin' scale is the heart-wrenching “Upside Down”. But make no mistake about it...this is not the cheesy kind of ballad but a full blown power ballad with a nod of the head towards Guns 'N Roses' “November Rain”. Not as OTT as the Axl Rose penned tune but it builds to a similar climax.
Picking favorites is not an easy task cause strong tracks are truly abound here but the one's that really bring home the bacon are the title track, “Face Against The Wall” and “Adrenaline” but that doens't mean that the other tracks are by any means weak.
No, “In The Spotlight” is filled with pumping bass lines, driving guitar riffs, thunderous drums, vocals dripping with attitude and melodies so catchy you will find yourself singing along upon first listen.
Last year it was the likes of Down 'N Dirty, Hollywood Burnouts, Midnite Eve and Santa Cruz that made me sit up and take notice and now Baby Jane can safely be added to that list. So raise your fist and say... (PS
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Not to be confused with the Australian band Babyjane...which I did initially. This Baby Jane are from the Swedish sleaze rock scene and do a very convincing job keeping up with the Swedish Jones of sleaze, too. The first couple tracks suck you in immediately, and I was impressed with the musicianship as well as the songwriting. Not quite Hardcore Superstar/Crashdiet/Vains Of Jenna yet...but Baby Jane are on the right path.
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