Sweet & Lynch - Unified

Sweet & Lynch Unified cover
Sweet & Lynch
Frontiers Music Srl
The union of Sweet and Lynch produced quite an interesting album a couple of years ago. It was interesting to see what the coupling of those two capable people could produce, since both are good musicians and have between them a wealth of credits on some pretty classic tracks. The melody of Dokken and Lynch Mob was combined with the edgier vocal style of Stryper, but also Sweet’s solo material poppier sensibilities, quite nicely. Bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and drummer Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake) make up the numbers, so no change there, which I suppose is a good thing. Why change, a working chemistry, a winning team etc…
Opener, “Promised Land” is emphatically answering the unasked question of whether the world needed a second serving of this or not. From that point on, it’s business as usual, as the band rips through a variety of songs, without even a shadow of doubt in their performances.
“Walk” has this preachy tone, but at least, doesn’t overdo it and it comes along in such a way that it’s not annoying along with a rather surprising little arrangement.
“Afterlife” is probably a bit too modern and dark to hit me – directly, but it didn’t make me skip.
“Make Your Mark” uses some Sweet patents, which don’t seem to work everywhere, but the screaming during the chorus, I suppose, tends to do the trick… the sort of rock n rollish hard rock that backs it up – ain’t terrible, but not terribly original either.
“Tried and True” is a by the number ballad, that is OK.
The title track, “Unified”, is a poppy number that again treads familiar territories and rehashes a recent Sweet melody, but has an explosive extended chorus, that is pleasant.
Lyrically “Find Your Way” is reassuring of things working out, but musically it’s quite dull, with the more driven “Heart of Fire”, which is “softer” feeling a whole lotta better, despite it being more melodic.
“Bridge of Broken Lies” is a somewhat more dramatic, slower song, not a total ballad, but heading in that direction and feels a lot better than “T&T”.
“Better Man” is a poppier and almost sleazy/glam song, probably influenced by the whole 80s scene, but with the lyrical themes that only MS could write about. Not boning a girl at a show, but falling in love and becoming a better man. Nice One. One in a billion.
Lastly, “Live to Die” is rockier and facing mortality, encourages people to make something of their lives by taking control of their lives.
I suppose the combination of the two musicians works, but here, while the chemistry seems stronger, the dynamic and the output seems to vary more than on the debut; it feels more like Sweet had a bit more control maybe and while certain things worth great, others, seem a bit artificial or not fully developed. Who knows… interesting again, but probably the weakest of all projects that GL involved himself with this year.