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ABOUT MISS CRAZY:
A generation ago, historic rock artists like Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and KISS showed your parents that they were not living in the 50's or 60's anymore. These legacy bands incorporated stunning imagery and stage theatrics to elevate the standards of rock performance worldwide. Many 90's bands like Marylin Manson, Slipknot and AFI continued the tradition in spirit, while blazing their own sonic trails. Now, a generation later, Miss Crazy arrives on Earth to reignite the flame of hard rock while honoring the visual standards set by their forefathers. Expertly produced by Ronnie Borchert, Miss Crazy is bringing the sound of excitement back to jaded music fans around the world. Your parents might compare Miss Crazy to their old favorites like Def Leppard, AC/DC, Kix, or Cinderella. However, kids your age won't have anything to compare Miss Crazy to - no other major band today sounds like Miss Crazy!
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Album Review by Revalationz Magazine, April 2006
Producer Ronnie (Trixie) Borchert has captured an exhilarating spark of spontaneity in many of these tracks, yet the album accumulates to a cohesive, coherent, head turning rock’n’roll noise, occasionally unpredictable, but never self indulgent.
Opener ‘No Compromise’ intros with a guttural, recurring chant, before a steamrolling riff breaks through, pushing the song into the darker side of Cinderella territory. Any decent label would have signed the band on the strength of this one distinctive song. Thankfully, there’s plenty more good stuff.
‘Billie’ and ‘Life’s Been Good’ maintain the momentum with driving, pounding riffs and wiry lead guitar. Markus Christopher’s broken glass rasp elevates the balladic ‘You’re Blue’ to Tom Keifer level, giving the song a fractured, menacing spin. After ‘No Compromise’, ‘So Long’ is probably the album’s standout track, striking more of a grownup pose against a thirsty riff and a simple, repetitive beat.
Arguably, the band paint from a limited sonic palette, but the songs embrace just enough aural hooks to grab our attention. Borchert plays his part by further ensuring that there are enough inventive and effective moments scattered among the strums and stomps to hold our interest.
‘Miss Crazy’ will not win plaudits for originality. Few albums in this genre will. That it plays impressively to the past without sounding clichéd or overly derivative is a tribute to the band’s songwriting skill and Borchert’s intuitive production.
Album Review by Hardrock Haven, April 2006
Can you name one band that is not black metal who wears white makeup and black lipstick? No? Well, you can now, thanks to Miss Crazy. Like their heroes KISS, Miss Crazy dons makeup to give you more than just a great sound. Their package is as visual as it is sonic, but they are here to make a hell of a lot of noise regardless.
Miss Crazy's debut CD comes with a cover showing a speaker melting, barb wire criss-crossing the scene, and also the Japanese letters "M" and "C." Their makeup will remind you of Kabuki, so therefore, the Japanese letters fit right in. But what about the music …
Not since Cinderella's Night Songs has a band come from out of nowhere and just screamed "look at me!" like this. The opening track, "No Compromise," introduces you to lead wailer Markus Allen Christopher, who sounds like the offspring of Tom Keifer, Joe Elliot and Brian Johnson if they could genetically impregnate the same lass 33 percent each. While that isn't possible, that's what the vocals sound like. The chanting "oh-we-oh-we-oh" adds another element to this fast paced and "crazy" song. Damn …
"Billie," just composition wise, will remind you of older Cinderella again. The chorus is screamingly melodic, and the background singers accompany Christopher as they go back and forth. While the vocals shred, the guitar solo impresses as well. Miss Crazy sounds like the bastard child of '80s rock Gods, and that's a great compliment.
You'll get a strong AC/DC riff in "Life's Been Good," an upbeat track with a Def Leppard sounding chorus. Christopher's vocals have so much energy in them it's like he bleeds Red Bull.
They change pace and show their ability to do so on, "You're Blue." Here, Christopher tones down his higher voice and soothingly offers a more straight ahead vocal style, right up until the chorus. This song has more intricate guitar interludes, a spacey feel, and proves that Miss Crazy can play any type of song they so desire.
Miss Crazy wears their influences on their sleeve, and you'll hear all of them on a song like "Now." KISS, AC/DC, Kix, Cinderella, and on and on. This is an anthem, a stadium rocker, the kind of song that would have thousands of screaming maniacs jumping up and down in unison. Again, the guitar solo stands out; they know that musicianship is more important than a look, but together, it might drive them to new heights.
Miss Crazy's debut is a refreshing piece of honesty. Instead of pretending to be something they are not, they are owning up in brutal honesty to who they are, and that's makeup wearing '80s music fanatics who will bring their music to the masses one fan at a time.
Album Review by MelodicRock.com
This album smokes from the first seconds to the last beat. It's great to hear an album such as this in 2006 – definitive old school American hard rock – with such a solid production and sound.
Normally such albums are taken from the vaults or just don't have the sonic quality they deserve due to perceived current day budget restrictions. The reality is you don't need a lot of money to make a great album if you have the studio and the guy that knows how to work it. In Miss Crazy's case, the production is handled by Trixie's Ronnie Borchert, who probably makes the band sound even better than what they are thanks to a clear, live in the studio feel.
Fans of late 80s stadium hard rock in the vein of Cinderella, War Babies, Britny Fox & AC/DC are going to eat this up. The upper range squeal of vocalist Markus Allen Christopher is not a world away from the likes of Tom Keifer and Julliet's Kenny McGee. His rasp is all over this record and is at times mixed with fine harmonies reminiscent of the Def Leppard approach used on the Trixie records. The opening track No Compromise is a take no prisoners rocker with a great ballsy sound, leading into Billie which delivers a killer chorus. You're Blue slows things down for a few minutes and reminds me of the heavy ballads from the War Babies debut. Scream then takes the tempo back into overdrive before So Long adds more Cinderella style melody. Did I mention there are plenty of guitar solos on offer? B.B. Michaels and Manfred Swann are the guys to thank for that.
There is nothing new at all here, but the band's attitude and the fact that so few new albums like this are made in this day and age and the fact that it is made so well mean that it does stand out from the pack. With so many metal albums on the market, it's great to have the opportunity to dive into some old school party hard rock.
Album Review by Heavy Metal Time Machine
Pretend you have been handed a promo picture of a new band. There are four guys and one girl in the band and only one of the guys has long hair. All five members are dressed in black, they are also all wearing white mime make-up on their faces plus they have their eyebrows outlined in black and they are wearing black lipstick. What would you think this band would sound like? Maybe some gothic kind of stuff or something like that would be my guess. San Francisco's Miss Crazy actually sound a lot like early Cinderella as singer sounds quite a bit like Tom Keifer. They also have some 80's AC/DC and some early Def Leppard tossed in there as well."No Compromise" kicks off the album in great form with a bit of dark edge and some tough vocals thrown in. I wish the whole could have been as good as the opener and when you get a good opener it raises the expectations a bit.
The album is good, but it's been a bit of a grower on me. I went back and forth on this one because I think it's good, but there are times when I felt that they should and could be better. The singer is very good, the band is way better than average and the production is extremely tight. My biggest problem is there are number of songs that are just decent, but not all that memorable. Tracks like "Scream" and "Shut Eyes" hint at the band's potential to go beyond their influences and put their own ideas in as well. The ballad "You're Blue" at first reminded me of Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" but after a few listens I could hear a moodiness that was present and the ability to squeeze a lot out of some simple notes. It sparks like these that make me think that this might have the potential to move beyond being just an 80's retro band and do more. After I began writing this review on Sunday morning, I checked around and found that the band has been playing shows in California over the summer. They have also changed their make-up a little and they look a little more relaxed and a little less grim. The band apparently did not play any shows before releasing this album, but all of the members are musicians who had played around in other projects. They have also had some line-up changes as both guitarists who played on the album are gone. They have a new lead guitarist and the singer has taken on playing rhythm guitar. I hope they keep working with what they have started and expand on what they may be capable of doing.