Shy – Welcome to the Madhouse (1994)

Shy_WelcomeMadhouse3 out of 5 Stars!

Without the terrific Tony Mills on lead vocals, this album sounds nothing like a typical Shy album. (The weird and ugly cover should have given me a clue something was a bit “different” on offer here.)

Generally speaking regarding the songs and the band’s sound, there’s certainly nothing even remotely close to the excellent AOR band found on the Excess All Areas release.  Instead, this sounds like a middle-of-the-road arena rock group, a lesser cousin of bands such as Autograph or Warrant.  The tracks here might be good for a listen or two, perhaps, but they’re hardly memorable and, overall, this is a definite disappointment when it comes to the band’s catalogue of albums.