Desmond Child – Discipline


Released on June 18, 1991 by Elektra Records




If the album cover makes you think of Michael Bolton, then you’re not far off from what awaits you once inside. Child is better known as one of those songwriting hired guns whose name pops up on all sorts of hit records from the late 80’s and early 90’s, working with the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Ratt and just about every other big shot hard rock band that was attempting a comeback during the days of hairband glory (he also turns up, oddly, on a voicemail soundbite on Anthrax’s 2003 We’ve Come For You All album, essentially giving them a name for one of their songs). So it seemed only natural that at some point he’d put out an album of his own, and even more natural that I’d find a way to pick it up as a delete bin curio a few years after the fact. Like I said, the music is in that Michael Bolton vein, big production with lots of pop sheen, guitars present but mixed way back and devoid of any substance, adding color and the occassional hot solo offered up by any number of guest stars brought in to spice up the proceedings (Vivian Campbell, Steve Lukather & Richie Sambora the highest profile), no doubt as payback for Child’s writing assistance in the past. Vocally, he’s technically just fine, but his voice lacks the character necessary to really carry off a project of this nature. The songs are solid, but again they’re more vocal exercises and Child’s voice isn’t enough to raise them to another plain. The whole thing reminds me of Chicago or Starship. Needless to say, I don’t play this much. Like maybe 3 or 4 times ever, one of which was to be able to write this review.





  1. The Price Of Lovin’ You
  2. Discipline
  3. I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend
  4. Love On A Rooftop
  5. You’re The Story Of My Life
  6. According To The Gospel Of Love
  7. Do Me Right
  8. Obsession [duet with Maria Vidal]
  9. The Gift Of Life
  10. A Ray Of Hope


Produced by Desmond Child and Sir Arthur Payson


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