Jean Beauvoir

Drums Along the Mohawk

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Ex-Plasmatic bass player Jean Beauvoir is a one-man band on his 1986 solo debut. There are a few guest contributions including Foreigner's Mick Jones playing guitar on "Rockin' in the Streets," but Beauvoir handles most everything else including production on Drums Along the Mohawk. Anyone familiar with him from The Plasmatics will most likely be disappointed, though. Released following a stint with Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, the album is mid '80s AOR with a nod to synthesizers on several cuts. However, Beauvoir does know his way around a melody. "Feel the Heat" was featured in the Sylvester Stallone flick Cobra and was a minor chart heat upon release. The rest of the album ranges from ballads like "Never Went Down" and "Nina" to uptempo pop/rock like the reggae-tinged "Drive You Home." Not a great vocalist, Beauvoir imbues many of the songs with an autobiographical quality that is endearing. While not essential, Drums Along the Mohawk is a pleasant offering.

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