Axe – “Offering” (1982)

Take it easy.  It ain’t as heavy as it looks.  When you see a guy with an electric guitar with an axe on one end, and a Rambo knife sticking out of the other end, you think heavy effin’ metal, right?  Wrong!  Nay, even for 1982 Axe weren’t all that heavy.  In fact, hard rock might be a bit too strong of  a word for Offering.  Think AOR.  Not a problem here.  Just sometimes when the book doesn’t have anything to do with the cover you get a little peeved.  So when I first started listening to Offering I had to ditch my expectations quick.

What Axe did with Offering was put together an album of simple guitar parts, simple beats, fine vocals, and copious keyboard embellishments.  The best track is easily Rock ‘N’ Roll Party In The Streets.  It starts with a keyboard thingy.  Next the drums and vocals drop in over some simple, palm-muted power chords for the verse.  Then the anthemic chorus kicks in.  Truly, this is a great song that must have sounded perfect blasting from a Camaro’s tape deck in the summer of ’82.  If I may, I’d like to point out one minor problem with  Rock ‘N’ Roll Party In The Streets.  The song goes like this: intro, verse, chorus, verse, and then chorus till the end.  I think that if the song had a cool bridge section or something, the song would be even more fulfilling.  Make a great song even greater, ya know?  Imagine a bridge section after the second chorus that built up tension before kicking off a big ass final chorus refrain.  Nice!

What else?  More superbly produced AOR rock featuring simple guitar parts (very few riffs, lots of hanging chords) and All-American vocals (think something along the lines of a Sammy Hagar or a Dave Meniketti).  Offering dishes out melodic rock that is smooth and palatable, though toothless and generic at the same time.

Offering originally came out on Atco Records.  It wasn’t until 2003 that Offering saw official release on CD via Wounded Bird Records.  My score: B-


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