Resurrection Band - Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore (Re-issue)
You know, I really have to be in the mood to listen to this band sometimes. I really enjoy Resurrection Band's older material like Awaiting Your Reply and Rainbow's End. And I also love their latest material like Lament and Reach of Love. However, it's the middle material that is hit and miss. The last re-release of Resurrection Band (DMZ) found me in no mood to listen to them. However, this Retroactive Records re-release of Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore found me in one of those moods where I'm lovin' hearing these classic rock songs once again. Heck, even Wendy Kaiser's vocals sound good on this disc and sometimes her vocals make me want to jump off a cliff. But her attitude-filled vocals along with Glenn Kaiser's gruff, raspy singing just make me sit back and soak in the brilliance of this band. The dirty, hard rock guitars and furious drumming, like in the song "Alienated" makes one want to whip out that air guitar and headbang along with the band. Too bad that song only clocks in at barely over 2 minutes. Another highlight is the moving tune "The Chair". Glenn just pours out his heart as he sings the words of a disabled person. The heavy rock leaves mid-song to a haunting acoustical piece ala "Shadows" where Glenn sings..."Sometimes I feel so removed/Lost in a maze of self-pity and dreams/No one regards me/I just don't belong/They don't know how to act around me." As the musical heaviness returns he sings "Jesus, you alone can help me to grow/My suffering can't compare to what you took willingly/My sacrifice nowhere near/What you gave on that tree....Let my love flow beyond the chair". Sometimes this band annoys me with lame lyrics, but Kaiser penned some great lyrics in that song.
And then there is the rockin' song "First Degree Apathy", with its chugging riff amidst Wendy's piercing vocals. However, the heavy music and even the sweet guitar solo can't overshadow the "slap you upside the head with a 2x4" lyrics. Wendy sings, "There's no life/it ain't right/the passive state you're in/Apathetic/yeah pathetic/can't you see it's sin/You're being judged/and righteously/the sentence is passed/it's apathy in the first degree/You might be lost/might be found/doesn't make a difference/sleepwalking/you're jive-talking/obviously indifferent/What do you care if the world's gonna burn/with millions going to hell/You might be with them or maybe you won't/but it's sure hard to tell."
This disc has it's average moments, but it's albums like this that made such Resurrection Band such a beloved band, not only in their time in history, but also to this very day - bluesy hard rock with an unending passion for those without Christ.
Review By: Matt Morrow
Label: Retroactive Records
Total Songs: 11
Total Time: 35:55
Tracklisting: 1. Stark/Spare, 2. Elevator Musik, 3. Alienated, 4. Can't Get You Outta My Mind, 5. The Chair, 6. Can't Do it on My Own, 7. First Degree Apathy, 8. Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore, 9. The Crossing, 10. Little Children, 11. Lovin' You.
Best Songs: Tracks 1, 3, 5, and 7.
Band Lineup: Glenn Kaiser - Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, Wendy Kaiser - Vocals, John Herin - Drums, Jim Denton - Fretless Bass/Synthesizer, Stu Heiss - Guitar/Keyboards.
Band Website: http://www.resurrectionband.com