Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Celebrating their tenth anniversary, Last In Line have crafted this new four track EP that brings a quartet of delights, each bringing its own light and shade.
So much more than a side project away from their main work, the band has proven itself time and again as its own entity and is one of those rare things: a supergroup built to last.
In some ways, the EP stands as a good introduction to the band for anyone who’s not yet been drawn into the circle, mixing live versions of songs from their first two albums along with a cover and a new track. Kicking off with their take on The Beatles classic, it stays pretty faithful until part way through when Viv Campbell’s guitar kicks in and it turns into a monstrously epic rocker.
With some superb vocals by Andrew Freeman, there’s elements of the source material, all mixed in with touches of Queen and the Foo Fighters that makes it a heady brew.
New track ‘Hurricane Orlagh’ is as furious as the title suggests, its huge hooks and modern metallic gleam that should appeal to fans of the grittier side of Foreigner’s output whilst still being very much Last In Line.
With live versions of ‘Devil In Me’ (from ‘Heavy Crown’) and ‘Give Up The Ghost’ (from ‘II’) both big, ballsy hard rockers that show off the sparkling chemistry that Freeman, Campbell and the rhythm section of drummer Vinnie Appice and bass player Phil Soussan have.
With all four giving their A Game on this selection, there’s so much to enjoy and appreciate, well beyond the ten years Last In Line have been around as a band. Classy, powerful and irresistible, ‘A Day In The Life’ is the perfect calling card.
EP Track List:
1. A Day In The Life
2. Hurricane Orlagh
3. Devil In Me (Live)
4. Give Up The Ghost (Live)