Okay get your score cards ready. Try to follow me on this one. There was a band called Hobbit. They broke up. They got back together and you can read about them elsewhere on this site, but during the time they weren’t Hobbit, they were Lix. Yeah, from 1986 to 1990, Lix was the incarnation of the Hobbit band with a major 80’s rock sound. For a lot of people, all those big hair 80’s bands sounded alike, from Poison and Whitesnake to Ratt and what KISS had become at the time. Truth is, there was a lot of talent in those bands and much of it went to waste on bad lyrics and over-produced MTV videos. As I sit and listen to Lix, I find that the band was lyrically sound and used some rather innovative techniques to get a certain mood across to the listener. Born out of a batch of Tolkien fantasy junkies, this configuration of the band sat down and wrote commercially viable songs and performed them well. The disc is perfect for fans of late 70’s to late 80’s rock. This is the stuff that Marshall stacks were invented for. Powerful guitars, piercing vocals, and party driven rhythms make it a huge surprise that Lix didn’t become the biggest band of their day. Van Halen fans (the Sammy type) will love “Overdrive” and there’s something for everyone including fans of The Tubes, The Cars, Styx, and yes all your favorite fluffy-haired 80’s dudes. On a personal note, I found this album to be much better than anything I heard from 1985 to 1989. Buy it and remember!
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