Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | Los Angeles, California

Review by Oscar Jordan

Mr. Big has withstood multi-platinum successes, personnel changes, and volatile disputes. Despite the band’s ups and downs, the original line-up mrbigstoriesremains intact. Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, Eric Martin, and Pat Torpey stay frosty working in a plethora of outside musical endeavors. 2011’s What If was a hard charging record, but on their 8th studio album The Stories We Could Tell, the band once again displays the chemistry that has made them a top touring and recording act.

Produced by Pat Regan, the album dials it back with a combination of philosophical insights about life, relationships, and Gilbert’s predilection for early 70s blues-rock. As one of the most underrated singers in rock, Martin croons with blue-eyed soul perfection alongside ear-friendly compositions that borrows but never steals. Highlights include: “The Monster In Me,” “Satisfied,” and “Fragile.”

The track list shuffles pristine acoustic ballads, mid-tempo rockers, and high-velocity quasi-metal. Gilbert and Sheehan continue to display powers far beyond those of mortal men, but use their gifts for good instead of evil. Always tuneful, Mr. Big has produced a fine record to add to their legacy. When these guys get together, they produce a superb product.

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Mr. Big | The Stories We Could Tell | Frontiers Records
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