3 1/2 Stars = Very Good
While the Eric Gales band second effort, "Picture Of A Thousand Faces," was not as focused & fierce as their debut, "The Eric Gales Band," this album still had plenty of fire to burn your ears. Young Eric Gales, 18 at the time, was still tearing & shredding the wound steel on his guitar strings! The song writing here suffered some though, as I think the band was going for a more eclectic song writing style, but some of it just did not gel. Not saying any of these songs were by any standard bad, or even mediocre, but after the nitro burning missile to your ears first album, this seemed quite subdued, even if I dare say it, uninspired at times. Now with 20 years (Can't believe it's been 20 years) to reflect on this album, I find it a superior heavy blues rock effort, that tries to be more of a whole than it's sum. It tries valiantly to achieve greatness, but falls short of a masterwork/classic, & falls squarely into very good territory.
Worth your time!