Rippin' AOR pomp rock. Do people under the age of 30 even know what AOR is? I got into this obscure US band through my love of Bob Kulick. Why do I love Bob Kulick? Because he played on Paul Stanley's solo album from 78 - it all started there. He did some other cool stuff as well – his band Skull released one of the better latter day hair metal albums around 1992... 'hair metal' played by a bloke with no hair - surely some kind of oxymoron! Anyway, Balance released a couple of albums in the early 80s that were full of hooks, blistering guitar and quality songwriting. As a comparison, I'd say the first, self-titled album, is like a rockin' Hall & Oates. The second album, "In For The Count" is like a HARD-rockin' Hall & Oates. Who doesn't like Hall & Oates? The first album's got a ballad on it and as far as ballads go, it's a pretty crap one. Shit, you could probably count the amount of worthy ballads ever written in the history of music on one, possibly two hands. Blue Oyster Cult's "I Love the Night" and Kiss's "I Still Love You" are two that come to mind, but in general, ballads are a waste of vinyl and Balance's contribution is no exception. The rest of both albums, as I said, pretty rippin', although they're not for everyone and they took me a couple of listens to fully get into it...real growers - if you like the tougher elements of H&O, you'll dig this.