A Rockin' Good Listen!
Frances Chaffey | Wales, UK | 12/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Benny Mardones really rocks! On fast tunes, ballads, whatever. Every song on 'Never Run Never Hide' is excellent; I can't choose a favourite but obviously 'Into The Night' is a classic. 'Hold Me Down' and 'Hey Baby' are close contenders but really they ALL tie for top place. Brilliant drums by Sandy Gennaro too! Check it out or miss out......."
Lawrence Barlow | Saranac Lake, NY USA | 02/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit to a bias where Benny Mardones is concerned. I am originally from Syracuse, NY, and from 1980-1984 no one, and I mean no one, could sell out any venue in town faster than Benny. To grow up in Syracuse at that time and not know who Benny Mardones was is akin to not knowing Springsteen since Born in the USA. Benny was most definately the biggest fish in our pond then.
This album was mandatory. No, it was more important than that. It was life or death. We all knew every song, and most of us still do. I know I will never sing Hold Me Down the way I did as a teenager (not that I sang that song great then, but I tried), and I will never again be that teenager looking at the stage as he croons Into The Night. The memories are still there.
Musically, this album rocks a lot harder than Into the Night would suggest. Hold Me Down is just boundless energy, Shes So Frech is deliberate but heavy, and the rest of the album is just fun and rock n roll.
Now if they would only re-release Too Much To Lose........