Brad Gillis - Alligator
Frontiers Records
Hard Rock
10 songs (48'50)
Release year: 2001
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by Danny

So Brad Gillis is back with Alligator. He is best known for his role as the half dynamic guitar duo of the legend band Night Ranger. Brad was also once upon a time Ozzy Osbourne's guitar player (Speak of the Devil - 1982). His previous solos record was released back in 1993 (Gilrock Ranch).

His new solo album sees Gary Moon on lead vocals. Hard & Blues ? Hard & Rhythm ? Pfffouuu, I haven't heard that since the middle of the 80's and of course it doesn't sound fresh for a dime.

Reminding me Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, Van Halen or all these glam-rock bands, Alligator is at light years away from what Night Ranger was delivering at that time. Brad is an excellent guitar player, but his song-writing with Gary Moon compare to what was done by Jack Blades (Night Ranger's singer) is absolutely out of reach in terms of melodies, feelings or chorus. Night Ranger is Night Ranger, Brad Gillis is just a little part of that band ... and not necessary the best one.

Excepting one or two songs (Bigger Than Life, Chain Gang), excepting if you want everything coming out from AOR, I suggest you put your money in Night Ranger's record instead of this Alligator, cause it won't bite anyone out there.

I take my Night Ranger's Dawn Patrol, turn up the volume and listen to Sing Me Away or Young Girl In Love. This was back in 1982. Ho God, that was good music! Another time, another dimension, another line-up, another singer ... another music.

Killing Songs :
Bigger Than Life, Chain Gang
Danny quoted 62 / 100
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