If ever there was a band that "should have been huge" it was Irish brother act Mama's Boys. The band, which featured brothers Pat (guitars), John (vocals, bass) and Tommy (drums) McManus emerged at the tail end of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene and played a melodic, commercially accessible style of hard rock that should have made them a household name in the 80's.
1992's Relativity was the first album with vocalist Mike Wilson, who did a fantastic job, sounding like a cross between Lou Gramm and Nazareth's Dan McCafferty. Wilson's voice has a lot to do with the overall Foreigner arena rock sound on this album. Actually, Relativity has a strong Foreigner meets Thin Lizzy sound that works really well. Most of these songs would have worked as radio hits only a year or two earlier, but they have an authenticity that a lot of the era's more popular AOR acts lacked.
Sadly, Relativity was Mama's Boys' final release. Grunge soon took over, and Tommy later lost his life to leukemia. It's a great album to wrap up the band's legacy though, and one that any fan of the band (or melodic rock in general) ought to own.
Edition Notes: Angel Air reissued Relativity in 2001, adding five live songs as bonus tracks. They don't mention remastering, but the sound does seem cleaned up a bit over the original version.