Unruly Child - Can’t Go Home album review

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Various undermining factors have blocked Unruly Child’s path to the top. Formed by members of World Trade, Signal, King Kobra and Hurricane, in collusion with producer-of-the-moment Beau Hill, the quintet made a flawless self-titled debut. But in 1992, amid the grunge explosion, thanks to a bust-up with Hill, they were dropped by Interscope two weeks after its release.

Frontman Mark Free, a key factor in the debut’s magnificence, later came out as Marcie Michelle Free and quit the music business. The band hired replacements, including Kelly Hansen, but couldn’t recreate the magic of the original line-up.

Featuring a full complement of founders, Can’t Go Home is an enjoyable and sophisticated melodic rock album, full of well-structured songs.

One criticism is that the material dwells too much on the lighter side. That might seem strange considering the criticisms of Hill’s over-polishing of their debut, but the quality of these tunes is self-evident, and sees them reeling back the years to sound like they did in 1992.

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’.