Mr. Big started as a “supergroup” of sorts, with bassist Billy Sheehan being the most well known due to his stint with David Lee Roth (and Talas before that). Because of his bass prowess, we know his band Mr. Big would be heavy on the shred. What set them apart was the blue eyed soul of singer Eric Martin. Their debut record possessed the speediest chops imaginable, but used sparingly. It’s a song-oriented album, with “Addicted to that Rush” leading off with heavy space-age playing. Unfortunately nothing else is as memorable, except the Humble Pie cover “30 Days in the Hole”.
Tracks like “Had Enough”, “How Can You Do What You Do”, “Rock & Roll Over” and “Merciless” are all competent rock tunes, and due to Billy’s bass, the bottom end is unbelievable. Unfortunately it took Mr. Big one more album to really come up with the songwriting goods. Their debut is fine enough indeed, but folks who dig the playing will be sticking around. Those looking for soul and memorable hooks will have to dig deep. There is good stuff here, but little that will make repeated spins in the CD player months and years down the road. Good, but not quite good enough.