Heavy guitars and Thomas' familiar voice mark the uptempo love song. The album has been years in the making and Thomas says it all came together when they began working with producer and current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson.
During an interview with UCR Thomas says the former Dokken star added a new energy and new songs to the project. "He brought a harder edge," Thomas says. "Once he came in, we found our musical direction. He helped us craft something classic, but with modern elements. He had this great collection of songs, and he and I got together and our relationship just clicked. With Jeff's help, I've finally been able to put together a brand-new Starship album with totally new original material. I'm really excited about it."
Expect an album full of songs about relationships that didn't work out, but also expect an album full of songs with teeth. Even the ballads have grit. The album will be released on Loud & Proud records on Sept. 17.
Even though Mickey's vocals are not quite the soaring tenor of days gone by, he's added a maturity and growl to his slightly lower register that more than compensates. Of course, the woman of my 60's dreams, Grace Slick is absent from the band, retiring from Starship in 1988, so if you're looking for an 80's flashback, forget it. Having said that, Starship seems to be re-energized and poised for another run at the rock charts.
Here's a track from the album called "It's Not The Same As Love." Give it a listen and let me know what you think.