House of Lords
Frontiers Records (FR CD 528)
By Michael Popke
Proteges of Gene Simmons, House of Lords (which included Greg Giuffria and James Christian) released three albums between 1988 and 1992, then went on hiatus. But the band returned with 2004’s “The Power and The Myth” — which veered from its signature arena-ready sound. Recognizing the misstep, Christian retooled the lineup and has helmed four subsequent House of Lords albums that adhere to the heavy melodic-rock template of those early records.
“Big Money” is no exception. Take “First to Cry,” a song that comes shooting straight out of 1988 with a bombastic chorus. Or the majestic mid-tempo ballad “Someday When,” which soars with lush, layered background vocals. Or even the straight-ahead rocker “Hologram.”
Despite several solid songs, it’s odd hearing Christian assume the husky voice of a 22-year-old soldier in “One Man Down” when the singer is probably closer to three times that age, and the title track strives for social commentary via big and dumb clichés.