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Generation Beautiful: Live

Genre: Rock
Label: Interline Records

The power pop metal quintet Generation Beautiful has released a Live album for their debut on Interline Records. The album shows off the animalistic textures and magnitude of Shelby Goff's vocal prowess, the windmill thrusts of Anthony Focx and Fred Nilsson’s guitar chops and the thundering mallet action emanating from their rhythm section made up of bassist Jamie Zimlin and drummer Jerry Vidal (better known as simply "JV"). Generation Beautiful revs up their metal roots by crossbreeding the energy of power pop metalists Lita Ford and Motley Crue with nu-metalists Lacuna Coil and Cold. Their music revitalizes rock 'n' roll's motor and gives fans a reason to feel excited about rock’s smoking power chord grooves.

The guitar shreds begin smoking from the onset, starting their engines with the "Intro" and letting it rip on "This Is Me." Focx and Nilsson let loose with twin guitars burning on both ends and Goff’s vocal symphonies chime with the low to mid register keys of Bonnie Tyler, but with a glossier ride like Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. The sound is huge and ebullient with pounding drum kicks and throbbing bass lines that give the fiery guitar licks an extra punch. The crunching guitar cuts on "Borrowed Time" are pumped with gorgeous vocal curves and savage beats. The hard rock emissions on "Freedom" have a high-flying gust and the vocals are fearless when taking flight, bolstered with conviction. The song is dedicated to the US Troops overseas and gives them an awesome salute for their courage.

The slick power pop metal plexus on "Breathe" musters a White Lion cataclysmic reap and the penetrating vocals have the brawn of Canada’s Vicky Tetreault of Inverness. Goff’s vocals show real brute strength likened to Metallica's James Hetfield on numbers such as "Father" and "Rowdy." She goes from a sumptuous feline purr on "Sweet Caroline" to a lion's growl on "Rowdy," keeping up with the dynamic shifts in the tempo changes. The blustering guitar riffs are buffed, intertwining and soaring above the rumbling rhythms. The power pop metal aria "Everything" attaches aerial guitar licks to fat, barking beats and clean vocal lines which give fans a sense of the lyrical content when Goff sings, "You separated yourself from all the good around/ You never really gave to me all that I deserved/ I’m leaving you now/ Leaving you for something good..."

The lyrics are about rising above bad situations. Tracks like "Breathe" and "Freedom" are about breaking free of the chains that hold you down from enjoying your life. Power pop metal music is synonymous with feeling unbound...sometimes even to the point of being self-indulgent, hedonistic and decadent. For GB, power pop metal music expresses the desire to prevent yourself from being taken for a sacrificial lamb. Life is too precious to give up in GB's opinion.

Generation Beautiful have the goods to make a huge impact on audiences. The songs are melodic, yet tough and pulverizing. The album leaves you wanting more from GB. Their decision to release a "live" album for their debut was a brilliant move. The album displays GB's natural talent sans the fine tuning production work of a studio album. Their chops are bare and can still kick as hard as the best of them.

Added: March 23rd 2007
Reviewer: Susan Frances
Related Link: Visit Generation Beautiful Online
Hits: 2575
Language: english


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