Patrick : Eleven years was a long, long wait … but the master of Disguise is back. After the previous album 'Appointment With Death' many live performances were scheduled, mainly at festivals (including Zwarte Cross in 2012). ), but in the course of time the band seemed to have fallen still. However, not Borden himself; he signed a solo contract with Metal Blade - the record company where it all started for the band - and the result is now released: 'My Midnight Things'.
For those who know the complete discography of Lizzy Borden, the outcome of his solo album, on which Borden himself handled all the guitars, bass, parts of the keyboard and all vocals, will not be a complete surprise. With a strong emphasis on accessible, melodic tracks, the fans of the very first albums may grumble that Borden has left the metal phase too far behind. This album is full of smooth melodies, smooth running choruses and all of them with the high, beautiful vocals of Lizzy . The album houses lighter, accessible tracks, sometimes with a heavy emphasis on the keyboard ('My Midnight Things', 'A Stranger To Love'), but also has tracks that, despite their accessibility, are more complex. A track like 'The Scar Across My Heart' even reminds a bit of 'Masters of Disguise'. Opposite is a track like 'We Belong To The Shadows' and the superfluous ‘My Midnight Things (Reprise)’ which contributes little to nothing to the album. That does not take away the fact that the vocals of Borden radiate this solo album. The production was done by Lizzy Borden and Joey Scott, who also took care of the drumming.
'My Midnight Things' is an album full of light, accessible metal, without too much fuss, that is carried by a very strong singer. If you do not shy away from accessibility and a few less interesting tracks, 'My Midnight Things' is a nice album which will keep you entertained for quite a while. And otherwise, just take out the other material from Borden.