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Michael Monroe - Peace Of Mind review


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Band: Michael Monroe
Album: Peace Of Mind
Release date: 1996

01. Wheres The Fire John?
02. Make It Go Away
03. Machine Gun Etiquette [The Damned cover]
04. Always Right
05. Relationshipwrecked
06. Loneliness Loves Me More
07. Kick Out The Jams [MC5 cover]
08. Not Anymore [The Dead Boys cover]
09. Rentfree
10. Peace Of Mind
11. I Wanna Be With You [1999 bonus]
12. It's A Lie [1999 bonus]

After the self-titled debut album of Demolition 23 Michael Monroe managed to disband them for several reasons and moved back to Finland to refresh his mind and work on his new album. "Peace Of Mind" is the ideal title for the album and Michael Monroe, with the help of Judy Wilder, composed most of it, without forgetting to present in the most appropriate way some fabulous covers on older and beloved glam compositions.

This album was very important for Michael Monroe since this is the first time he performs almost every instrument on the compositions, handling all the guitars, except for some passages played by Olli Hilden. All I can say is that, except for a wonderful singer, he's a fabulous guitar player as well, interpreting in the most appropriate way the inspired guitar riffing that has either a hard rock or a more glam/punk approach, depending on the moment. The sensational sound of the saxophone and the drunken harmonica melodies are present for one more time, inspired as always, unfolding another talent of Michael Monroe that is present since his Hanoi Rocks days. Jimmy Clarke worked on the drumming of "Peace Of Mind" offering some wonderful groovy and rhythm-keeping drumming, pacing wonderfully with Monroe's bass lines, lending on the album the appropriate rock n' roll pulse.

What is really remarkable is that this time Monroe got total control of the album, handling the production of "Peace Of Mind" as well, showing that he can deal with the sound of a record in production terms really well offering some rolling and good sound! "Peace Of Mind" is a big achievement for Monroe since he proved that he can handle much more than he imagined in his personal career and pour his soul much more in the compositions without any limitations! The album is good, it's not better than albums like "Whatcha Want", "Nights Are So Long" etc but it's definitely a strong work that won't disappoint the fans of this wonderful glam Finnish persona!

It was released in Scandinavia during 1996 consisting of 10 compositions, but it didn't see the light of day in the whole Europe before 1999, but I think this second version of the album paid back well the European audience since it had to offer two bonus tracks as well, with Stiv Bator's (Dead Boys) appearance on them. Some highlights out of "Peace Of Mind" have to be the just perfect "Always Right", the rolling "Where's The Fire John?", the wonderful cover on MC5's "Kick Out The Jams", the upbeat "Rentfree" and the two bonus-tracks, the sensational and rolling "I Wanna Be With You" and the fragile ballad "It's A Lie".

Michael Monroe fans should proceed one way or another, just enjoy!

Written on 15.02.2006 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."

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