"Broken Home" (SJPCD129)
very melodic heavy rock, with just enough pop sensibility to make the songs catchy
Bernard Law, Classic Rock Society (March 2003)
A beautifully crafted record from Dicken of Mr Big The future Mr Shania Twain - Robert 'Mutt' Lange - produced a great sounding record, which proves the missing link between the work he had done with the likes of the Boomtown Rats, AC/DC, the Outlaws and Graham Parker, and the work he would go on to do with Def Leppard and Bryan Adams As ever, this Angel Air release comes with a well thought out and well-presented booklet
East Anglian Daily Times (March 2003)
a solid mix of period pop and hard rock It all adds up to another well-packaged and enjoyable album from Angel Air
Joe Geesin, Record Collector (April 2003)
While it may not quite make it as a full-blown 'classic' it certainly stands up as an album that should have been hugely successful, and those who enjoy British Eighties melodic rock ought to seek this out. A very detailed booklet containing stacks of information completes the package A definite goody.
Feedback (May 2003)
BROKEN HOME was formed in the late 1970s by former members of the UK band MR. BIG. Their debut album was produced by MUTT LANGE, who scored massive with his productions of DEF LEPPARD, AC/DC, BRYAN ADAMS, CITY BOY, HUEY LEWIS and SHANIA TWAIN (who is his beautiful wife). BROKEN HOMES didnt reach that much success, but their first record was quite good actually. The album has now been re-issued onto CD by ANGEL AIR RECORDS.
10 tracks are included and musically it is pure late 1970s/early 1980s Mainstream AOR/Poprock, a bit quirky sometimes, reminding me of CHARLIE, CITY BOY and PHOENIX. Nevertheless, the CD features some great AOR songs, such as No chance (awesome!), death of Gog, Run away from home: and Jerusalem, but also some poppier material. If you count CHARLIE and CITY BOY to your favourite acts, then this will also be up your alley! (7.5/10)
Strutter magazine (August 2003)
...the over-riding feeling is that there is massive talent here that maybe never realised full potential, whether due to musical climate or musical politics. 'Life' lacks 'Mutt' Lange's sheen but nevertheless all the ingredients of Dicken's art are in place. It will come as no surprise to learn that Mr Big supported Queen in 1975 at the peak of that band's seventies chart success. In many ways, there is a complementary link with the emphasis on catchy, guitar-driven pop rock here evidenced on the title track, 'Wake Up Mr Doctor' and 'Nobody'.
David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com (February 2004)
In many ways they continued where Mr Big left off, wonderful power pop with infectious melodies, a hard edge and Dicken's distinctive vocals and this album, first released in 1981, is the perfect example of what they were about...
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (March 2004)
...available now for the first time in more than two decades, and positively overflowing with bonus tracks. Eleven songs were drawn from sources as far apart as Mr. Bigs 1996 reunion Rainbow Bridge, and mid 1980s Dicken projects Peculiar People and Dicken. All, therefore, bear the vocalists so characteristic stamp, wrapping up the surprisingly superlative Life album with a swagger that makes you want to hear more. Thankfully, Angel Air have it both Broken Home and Mr. Bigs earlier Seppuku are both also available through the labels website.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine (March 2004)
...Overall it isn't as strong as their debut but many of these numbers are rescued by Dicken's vocals...the CD contains more than enough evidence to ask why he dropped out of the spotlight...Another good value release from Angel Air.
Feedback (June 2004)