Jaded Past is the creation of George Becker. Becker comes from a distinct strain of ’80s rock. Some of the acts he has played with in the last couple of years include Mike Tramp (White Lion), LA Guns, Warrior Soul, London Quireboys, Trixter, Hookers n Blow (Dizzy Reed of Guns n Roses), Tracii Guns (LA Guns) and Cherrie Currie (Runaways). It therefore makes a whole lot of sense that his album Believe fits perfectly into the zeitgeist of the aforementioned band's.
Becker worked with Steve Brown who has credits with bands like Def Leppard and Trixter to really nail the production aesthetics that defined many of the bands at the time. You can hear that right out of the gate with “Tattered.” I felt like the song was a transport from a different time. It didn’t feel like an updated 2.0 2018 version. Becker seemed to want to stay true to a sound that was born decades ago.
Suffice it to say if you listen to “Tattered” and “Don’t Judge” and like what you hear you almost certainly will enjoy the remainder of the album. That being said I thought there were highlights amongst the batch.
The title track was a catchy, infectious track while “Good Bad Innocent” has an arena rock type quality that has a coming of age type feeling to it. “Whiskey Dreams” was another large sounding arena rock type song that brings to mind the hooks you might hear from Def Leppard.
“Be My Lady” felt a little more contemporary with the production but the mood quickly reverts with “Dashboard Jesus”. “Hurt” was a solid track while “Taken” felt like a song that defined the general sound of the album. We have one last rocker entitled “Scratch the Itch” before “Traces” which is by far the most atmospheric and nostalgic song that even has a solo that sounds like it was performed on classical guitar.
Jaded Past is quite obviously going to resonate most with fans of the genre. There are a good amount of diehard fans who will love this but a younger generation may appreciate this as well. Recommended.
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