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Album Review

Deviled by the faithful because of the ousting of bucolic belter John O'Daniel for the straight-up, straight-ahead pipes of Bubba Keith, perennial supporting act Point Blank did snag some chart action with American Exce$$, but ultimately the album proved a hollow victory as the band fell off the map, labeled another faceless AOR '80s entry. Remnants of the Southern '70s party band do remain for the drug dude epic "Cadillac Dragon," the rockin' breaks in closer "Do It All Night," the violent vengeance of "Walk Across the Fire," and the dangerous outlaw tune "Getaway" (mislabeled "Gateway" on several pressings). The playing smokes throughout, and the record maintains surprisingly consistent quality, but this is ultimately more Toto than ZZ Top. "Let Me Stay With You Tonight" and flash smash "Nicole" are innocuous and incredible radio bursts lost forever. So if Reagan-era FM is your bag, dig deep, for the hooks on the hopelessly obscure American Exce$$ haven't rusted. Point Blank held out for one more LP, On a Roll, but alas, the band's gravy train never came. ~ Whitney Z. Gomes, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Among the best of Southern Fried Rock!

Sure brings back a lot of memories; would still love to find older albums Second Chance, Airplay, and the debut, but happy to see this....

Love the song Nicole

Named my daughter Nicole!!

Long Live Kim Davis!!

RIP Kim. You are missed.


Formed: Texas

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Essentially from the same mould as Texan blues boogie supremos ZZ Top, Point Blank’s first two releases were produced by Bill Ham, who had also masterminded the latter band’s rise to fame. Point Blank’s line-up has been somewhat fluid, but in the main it featured John O’Daniel (vocals), Rusty Burns (guitar), Kim Davis (guitar), Bill Randolph (bass), Mike Hamilton (keyboards) and Buzzy Gren (drums). Their third venture into the recording studio resulted in Airplay, which saw a slightly less intensive...
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