The comeback album is one of the hardest albums to make. There are so many variables that go with it that sometimes the pressure leads to a very underwhelming effort. That is not the case though for L.A. Guns. When it was announced that singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns were getting back together, it was met with joy and excitement. These two are and were what made L.A. Guns such a great band. Now 15 years later after taking time apart from one another, they are back with an album that not only rocks but reinvigorates their careers.
The Missing Peace is everything a rock album should be. It’s filled with great heavy rock songs, a few mid tempo bluesy jams, and of course that song that tugs at your heart strings. Not only does Phil Lewis sound great on the album as well as live (I saw L.A. Guns a few months back) but the words and melodies he brings to Tracii’s songs is impeccable. “It’s All The Same To Me” starts the album off and you know that you are in for a treat as the songs goes on. Other stand outs include “Speed,” “A Drop Of Bleach,” “Sticky Fingers,” “Christine,” “Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight,” “The Floods The Fault Of The Rain,” “The Devil Made Me Do It,” “The Missing Peace,” and “Gave It All Away.”
The combination of Phil and Tracii is like Mick and Keith or Plant and Page. There is just something special about when these two are together. They play off each other so well. It’s refreshing to hear them back together and putting out quality songs like the ones on The Missing Peace. They aren’t trying to bring back the 80’s instead they are putting out a great rock album that the world needs. Fans of them from back in the day will absolutely love this record and newer fans will gravitate to it as well. Something else that stands out on this album is the other guys in the band. Drummer Shane Fitzgibbons, bassist Johnny Martin and guitarist Michael Grant bring the extra juice and flair that makes this band special.
Do yourself a favor and give this album a listen then go buy it and see them live.
Overall Rating: 9/10
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