The best album of Markonee certaintly. Club Of Broken Hearts marks the meeting point between the american hair metal and european hard rock.
The opening song "Native European" opens the horizon of glory to the "a la bolognese" group, and reminds me Night Ranger on steroids, followed by the all-powerful "I Say No", next stop and pay attention to the 80's title track "Club of Broken Hearts" where you can still hear the Beau Hill partnership with the Italian band.
Suddendly a change of direction with Piper Sniper, which brings us back to the 70's english-atmosphere, intermediate by a brilliant guitar solo that seems played by Warren De Martini. The pop ballad "Never Ever Loved Me" is well-orchestrated with strings and brass, and would definitely liked to the "Manticore", if the English record company was still in the business...
With Snake Charmed and Angel the band press the pedal to the metal.
Big Blue Iceberg wears a catchy riff and a flashy solo. But the following song, Rock City, is the real masterpiece, with an intriguing female voice and an anthemic choir that shakes your heart.
Shaken'n'Stirred takes us to the streets of the blues with a long riding solo then It's 25 Beth, this number can be a smash hit probably.
Towards the end of the record we find another song with a stadium anthem, J.E.S.U.S. maybe not suitable for old ladies in a church but a good song for the christian associations.
A few short sentences can provide the overview of a book's plot.
So, in my modest opinion this record carries a good production, good singer, good guitar players and rhythm section with a bunch of catchty refrains.
If you are looking for brand new 80's stuff Club of Broken Hearts is your number.
Track listing :
I Say No (To The V Words)
Club of Broken Hearts
Never Ever Loved Me
Angel, She Kept Me Alive
Big Blue Iceberg
Shaken ‘n’ Stirred
It’s 25, Beth!