MIDNITE CITY – There Goes The Neighbourhood

MIDNITE CITY - There Goes The Neighbourhood
  • 6.5/10
    MIDNITE CITY - There Goes The Neighbourhood - 6.5/10


AOR Heaven
Release date: October 19, 2018

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The new Midnite City album There Goes the Neighbourhood, their second, opens with a vignette as appropriate as it is regressive, namely a soundbite from the breakthrough Poison video of “Nothin’ But A Good Time”. A make-up free Brett Michaels is washing dishes in some greasy spoon and is given a verbal dressing down by his manager for moving at two speeds—“Slow…and stop!”. Even better, what kicks off the vignette is a few bars of Poison’s cover of the Kiss Klassic “Rock And Roll All Nite”. Thus having neatly summarized their lineage, Midnite City flows effortlessly into the first of eleven Hair-y cuts, the note and sentiment perfect “Here Comes The Party”.

There’s a lot to like on the album for anyone with even a cursory affection for bands like Poison, Kiss, Kix, Bon Jovi, Ratt, and Def Leppard—singer Rob Wylde has a great voice and he knows how to write songs in the Hair idiom; he’s got big anthems (“Give Me Love”, “We’re Gonna Make It”)and some equally big power ballads (“You Don’t Understand Me”, “Heaven’s Falling)”. The band is tight and seems to enjoy playing these big tunes, and they lay down some exceptional vocal harmonies. The best track, “Life Ain’t Like This On The Radio”, would be a hit single–one of several from the album– in a better world than this one.

Considering all the fun to be had on this record, he jacket is a bit confusing in an icky mid-seventies Scorpions kind of way. The inadequate skirting fits the genre conventions well enough, but the apparent murder seems out of place on an album essentially about partying and falling in love.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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