David Glen Eisley returns to the realm of melodic hard rock with some serious backup in the likes of Craig Goldy (Dio/Giuffria) on guitars, Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot/Giuffria), Stephan Ellis (Survivor) and Ricky Phillips (Bad English, Babys) on bass and Ron Wisko (The Storm, Foreigner) on drums.
While his post Giuffria works have included grittier vocals on the Dirty White Boy, Murderer’s Row and Stream efforts, Eisley sounds better suited returning to a more melodic style. This is not to say however that the CD is a lightweight effort. “Stranger From The Past” comes out of the gate with an assertive sound and a reminder of Eisley’s past success. This attitude carries over into “Can’t Call It Love” as well. Run Run Run keeps up the pace with sounds killer guitar riffs and solo courtesy of Goldy. The bluesy “Sing Brother” is a mellow, somber composition while “Who You Tryin To Fool” is riotous rocker that would be even more impressive to witness in concert setting Eisley supplies the keyboards on the midtempo track “Can’t Wait Forever” which turns into a jam sessions among the players towards the end of the song. There are 2 ballads on the CD, “Stranger In Love” and the stripped down “Olivia”, a song composed for his wife.
“Stranger From The Past” recalls fondly Eisley’s past and lets it be known where the distinct sound of Giuffria truly came from. A definite step in the right direction for Eisley as the release sounds like a cohesive band effort as a opposed to an odds and ends solo release.