TIM RIPPER OWENS – Play My Game

Tim Ripper Owens – Play My Game (2009, SPV/Steamhammer Records)

1. “Starting Over” … 3:33
2. “Believe” … 4:35
3. “The Cover Up” … 4:30
4. “Pick Yourself Up” … 4:32
5. “It Is Me” … 2:53
6. “No Good Goodbyes” … 3:35
7. “The World Is Blind” … 4:50
8. “To Live Again” … 6:00
9. “The Light” … 4:36
10. “Play My Game” … 4:43
11. “Death Race” … 3:29
12. “The Shadows Are Alive” … 5:35

Band:
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Bob Kulick, Bruce Kulick, Carlos Cavazo, Chris Caffery, Doug Aldrich, Michael Wilton, Jeff Loomis, Steve Stevens – Guitar
Marco Mendoza, Billy Sheehan, Dave Ellefson, Rudy Sarzo, James Lomenzo, Tony Franklin – Bass
Simon Wright, Vinny Appice, Ray Luzier, Bobby Jarzombek – Drums

Produced by: Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bob Kulick, Brett Chassen

This is the debut solo album from ex-Judas Priest/ex-Iced Earth/current Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens and it’s a grower. On my initial casual listens, I wasn’t too impressed with it, but the more I listen to it, the more I’m liking it. It’s not an essential 2009 release, but it’s good and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Ripper.

Unfortunately, the sales on the album haven’t been too well. Not that I expected this album to get anywhere near Billboard’s top 100, but I figured it would sell a bit more than the reported 827 copies it sold in the first week of release. Ouch. Oh well, be proud, Ripper! You delivered a solid album. Hopefully, this will lead to even more down the line because I never understood why, after Priest, Ripper didn’t immediately fly solo. The closest he’s come to that is forming the band Beyond Fear, but I think just using his own name would’ve been more marketable (though apparently that’s not true anymore…).

I haven’t followed Owens’ career post-Priest, but to me, quite a number of these songs (“Starting Over” and “Believe” for example) sound like what he may have sung while keeping the seat warm for Rob Halford. “Play My Game” is my favorite track and it’s a pretty good tune to workout to.

Highlights: “Starting Over”, “Believe”, “Pick Yourself Up”, “It Is Me”, “No Good Goodbyes”, “To Live Again”, “Play My Game”

www.timripperowens.com
www.myspace.com/timripperowens

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Posted on June 8, 2009, in Tim 'Ripper' Owens and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’ve been living with this album for a couple months now, I was lucky to get a promo from the label. I’m about to review it at my site but I’m not really sure what I’m going to write. On one hand it’s melodic and the songs are pretty good but, on the other hand, it isn’t a brutally heavy record. Definitely an identity crisis thing, I’m not sure if Ripper is best suited to be a vocalist-for-hire or a solo artist. I’ll say this, Beyond Fear was excellent. This album is a grower and I like it.

    Steve
    Heavy Metal Addiction
    http://heavymetaladdiction.com

  2. That’s cool, I may have to look in Beyond Fear then.

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