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"Glass Mountain" (Z Records; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Phil Naro's "Glass Mountain" is solid AOR in the vein of Foreigner, Starz, Axe and Robert Valdes. Naro has also worked with Peter Criss on his "Criss Cat 1" solo project and the comparison there is appropriate as well. The songs are all radio-friendly rockers, featuring plenty of chunky guitar, unavoidable hooks, and Naro's smooth-like-good-whiskey vocals.

Most of the songs are pretty sturdy rockers, although Naro does slow down considerably (and gets a little sappy) with "Donna," an obviously heartfelt but maudlin ballad. Lyrically, Naro includes all the usual rock'n'roll topics, but also sometimes ventures into slightly more serious subject matter. For my money, the best songs on the CD are "Love Is A Game," "Spiritual Revolution," the Queen-like "Under the Night Sun" and the crunchy "Stick Around."

Performing with Naro on "Glass Mountain" are:
John Rogers - Guitar, keyboards & vocals (Brighton Rock)
Michael Staertow - Guitar
Donny Mancuso - Guitar (Ex Lou Gramm guitarist)
Steve Major - Guitar / Producer (Distant Cry)
Roger Banks - Drums (Naro, 24K)
Glenn Nash - Drums (Distant Cry)
Chaz Butcher - Bass (Lee Aaron, Naro, The White)
Tibor Torontali - Guitar (Naro)

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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