It’s a decent little album, and although it suffers from a very 1980s sound, it’s probably a little more ahead of its time than anything else. Although it came out in mid-1981, it sounds like a rock album from much later in that decade.
The most representative song on the album is Sharpshooter, which is probably why the track was chosen for Aerosmith’s 1991 retrospective, Pandora’s Box. That song is a perfect example of the very AOR slant that the album takes, complimented by Brad Whitford’s very measured guitar playing. That’s the big thing that pops out of Whitford / St. Holmes – whereas Aerosmith’s guitar sound is dominated by Joe Perry, you can hear throughout this album the melodic quality that Brad Whitford brings to the table.
It’s not a fantastic record, but it is a strong record. It’s at least as strong as the first Joe Perry Project album; and I wonder how good an album the two Aerosmith guitarists could have made if they’d put their heads together after going solo. In fact, that might have been more of an Aerosmith album than Rock In A Hard Place turned out to be.
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