Vixen were a four-piece, all female band that were marketed as part of the L.A. glam metal contingent. But in all honestly, Vixen’s eponymous debut was nothing more than a watered-down pop album dressed in glam gear. Hair for miles on these ladies! A scan of the liner notes of Vixen (EMI Records) reveals that Vixen had A LOT of help with this album. In fact, the whole thing is pretty much a corporate sham. There were four producers and fifteen outside writers credited on Vixen. FIFTEEN! And even though keyboards make up a major part of the Vixen sound, nobody is credited with keyboards in the liner notes.
Vixen was a success. The album went gold thanks to its primary hit Edge Of A Broken Heart (written by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill) and secondary hit Cryin’ (written by Gregg Tripp and Jeff Paris). To me, Edge Of A Broken Heart is a really great pop song and is the major highlight on what is otherwise a fairly average collection of tunes.
Even though the ladies of Vixen wound up being little more than a glorified cover band (and the pretty face fronting a manufactured record company puppet show) they still had to execute the songs. They toured in support of the album as an opening act for Scorpions, Ozzy, and others. Form what I have heard and seen, Vixen held their own on stage. I’m sure that the band members would have wanted more creative control on Vixen, but I guess you can’t argue with the album’s success. My score: B-