Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things album review

The Californian shock rock master Lizzy Borden returns in style with My Midnight Things

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things album cover

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My Midnight Things

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things album cover

1. My Midnight Things
2. Obsessed With You
3. Long May They Haunt Us
4. The Scar Across My Heart
5. A Stranger To Love
6. The Perfect Poison
7. Run Away With Me
8. Our Love Is God
9. My Midnight Things (Reprise)
10. We Belong To The Shadows
11. Long May They Haunt Us (Reprise)
12. Silent Night
13. Waiting In The Wings (2018)

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Many draw lazy comparisons between Lizzy Borden and Alice Cooper, mainly because both American acts perform theatrical shock rock, are led by singers with female stage names and have employed revolving casts of backing musicians. Gregory Charles Harges has spent 35 years in the Lizzy Borden role and, as you’d expect, lyrical and musical styles are thoroughly defined: think supernatural violence set to fist-in-the-air anthems. 

With more than a decade of gestation time since his previous outing, Appointment With Death, a mediocre comeback would have been unforgiveable. Luckily, My Midnight Things stands (stackheeled) toe-to-toe with just about anything collected in what’s now a sizeable catalogue. 

Lizzy’s slightly shrill voice is wrapped around a set of tunes bonded by the unlikely theme of… er, love. Dig deep and it’s there, but mostly this is all about glitz, entertainment and a thunderous sense of melody.

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’.