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Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 [Razor & Tie]

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At first glance, Razor & Tie's Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 appears to focus primarily on hard rock and pop-metal from the '80s, but upon closer inspection, it also contains a fair share of more mainstream AOR and pop/rock hits, including Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart," Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," the Outfield's "Your Love," Scandal's "The Warrior," and Asia's "Heat of the Moment." These tracks have the effect of toning down the hard-rock flavor, so headbangers might want to look elsewhere, but they also bring out the pop savvy of tunes like Slaughter's "Fly to the Angels," Nelson's "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," White Lion's "When the Children Cry," Vixen's "Edge of a Broken Heart," Trixter's "Give It to Me Good," Britny Fox's "Girlschool," and Enuff Z'Nuff's "Fly High Michelle." As a sampler of mainstream rock and hard rock in the '80s, Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 presents a pretty balanced portrait.

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