XYZ – Letter To God

XYZ - Letter To God

Letter To God Import
XYZ
LETTER TO GOD
Released 2003 (XYZ Music)

Track List:
01. What’s On Your Mind
02. Letter To God
03. Asking
04. Tango
05. Rainy Day
06. United
07. Deny
08. Touch The Sky
09. Tell Me
10. Well
11. Burn It Up
12. Inside Out 2003
13. What Keeps Me Loving You 2003
14. Never Too Late
15. Tango (Spanish version)

Band:
Terry Ilous – vocals and guitar (10)
JK Northrup – guitar and percussion
Sean McNabb – bass
Paul Monroe – drums

Additional Musicians:
Vinnie Appice – drums (2)
Nir Averbuch – keyboards and synthesizers

Production:
Produced by Terry Ilous and JK Northrup. Engineered by JK Northrup,
additional engineering by Nir Averbuch and Paul Shortino.

Review:
XYZ have returned with another killer release, too bad it was recorded under
such tragic circumstances. Vocalist Terry Ilous wrote and dedicated this album
to his son, who unfortunately passed away late last year. Ilous and drummer
Paul Monroe are the only remaining members from the band’s original heyday,
but Mark Diglio co-wrote several songs so there is no mistaking that this is an
XYZ disc–and what a disc it is!

  The album kicks off with “What’s On Your Mind”, a song that would have fit
in on any of the group’s previous releases, and may in fact be their best recording to
date. “Asking” and “Deny” are beautiful, semi-acoustic, ballads. “Touch The Sky” is a
rocker that incorporates XYZ‘s trademark sing along choruses. “Tell Me”
switches from soothing to rocking without missing a beat, and doesn’t let the listener
down. By the time you get to “Well” you could swear that you had accidentally inserted
the band’s second disc Hungry by accident.

  The beauty of Letter To God is the fact that it contains something
for everybody–80’s sounding rockers, an updated XYZ sound, heartfelt ballads and
even reworking of two classic tunes. Plus remember that the songs are so damn good that
you can’t go wrong with this album. If every returning 80’s hard rock band came back
with a gem like this, perhaps the genre would be topping the charts once again.

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, May 2003.

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