Janet Gardner - Janet Gardner album review

The best Melodic Rock you can get this month

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If you’re expecting Richard Marx/Jeff Paris-inspired pink fluffiness from this solo album by Vixen’s peroxide lead singer, look elsewhere. Made in conjunction with guitarist, songwriter and producer Justin James, Janet Gardner is a vehicle for what is often termed ‘modern rock’; big, chunky and immensely impersonal, with the ballad Best Friend being a rare beacon of familiarity.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.