It was anyone's guess if Marcie (Mark) Free would ever return to music, after she left the bizz back in 1995 to deal with some personal issues. After some coaxing by former Unruly Child band mates Bruce Gowdy and Guy Allison, Marcie came back to the scene sounding better than ever. Marcie is by far, one of the most soild melodic rock vocalists of our time. Whether it be her time in King Kobra, Signal or Unruly Child, she always delivers vocally.
Worlds Collide is the first CD by the original band in 18 years, and it is sure to offer up some melodic rock ecstasy. Unruly Child have picked up, right where they left off with their self titled debut debut by producing some of the finest hard rock out there. The CD starts a little slow, with the opening two tracks Show Me the Money and Insane, but then takes off from there. The first two tracks are okay, but they lack the fire that the rest of the CD contains. These songs seemed a little forced and just do it for me. The first track to hook me, is the track When We Were Young, because it brings back the big chorus' and top notch melodies that the band is known for. It has a dark vibe to it before kicking into an ultra melodic chorus.
It is good to have Unruly Child back, and this is a solid re-union record, but I wish the production had been a little heavier. The first CD had a heavier vibe than the new CD. Worlds Collide, at times, comes off a little too polished. I think if the CD would have had a heavier edge, then the already great songs on this record, would have even sounded better. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid CD and is worthy of picking up, I just wish it would have been heavier, but don't I always?
Bottom Line: Solid melodic rock by one of the greats. A welcomed return by an overlooked band in the 90s. Free still sounds amazing and hopefully this won't be the last we hear from her.
Standout Tracks: When Worlds Collide, When We Were Young, Very First Time and Tell Another Lie
- Ragman's worlds are colliding