SkyRocket Entertainment/All In Time Records
All Access Rating: B+
|The Babys - I'll Have Some of That 2014|
It sounds like The Babys, all right. Tender and pretty, with golden flashes of guitar hooks popping up through a feather bed of strings, "I See You There" was actually written by Joey Sykes, a music industry veteran who's joined this reconstituted version of The Babys as their rhythm guitarist. The new guy seems to be fitting in just fine.
What made The Babys such a late '70s pop-rock sensation was their ability to get as rough and raw as Humble Pie or The Faces, while crafting clearly articulated, accessible songs that had all the immediacy of an unexpected first kiss. "Stay The Night" and the surprisingly soulful, uplifting "Grass Is Greener," both off I'll Have Some of That, offer more of the latter, while the other half of this split personality swaggers with assurance, zeal and scruffy charm through the rollicking and rowdy "Every Side of You," "It's a Gas" and "You Saved My Life," as well as the tough nut of a title track.
A comeback album with a lot of hits and just a few misses – the dull, thudding "These Days" and "After Midnight," a smoky by-the-numbers blues number that feels out of place and out of fuel, being two examples – I'll Have Some of That shows original members Wally Stocker and Tony Brock haven't lost their touch. And with newcomers Sykes and gritty singer John Bisaha – replacements for familiar faces John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, none of whom are involved in this incarnation – falling right in line, this revival seems built to last. www.skyrocketent.com
– Peter Lindblad