Eighties style hard rock is something that seemed to be about to disappear many times, when suddenly a dude from Detroit — known as Robert Star — was "born again" thanks to the Ayahuasca (find more information here) and decided to set up a musical project named Star Dancer. In the blink of an eye, that genre that had probably had the latest somewhat relevant record in "Lipservice" by the Swiss band Gotthard (2005) became interesting again, or maybe not.
Let's begin with the quite fancy cover artwork, also including a photo of Star on the back, wearing some sort of Native American chief hat. Unfortunately, this is one of the very few elements referring to this (extremely diverse) culture that is never actually explored to any meaningful extent (you can also take a look at the music video for "Welcome To My World"). The songs titles do not really do much for changing our minds in this respect either ("Great Sexpectations").
Let's get aboard the '80s mind train starting with the title track, devoted to Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, and so on; this feeling goes on through most of the first part of the album, as Star himself has loads of fun trying all the vocal styles that made this genre so famous in the past. After a reference to Joan Jett in the fourth song, it is time for "The Weed Don't Lie", perhaps the most peculiar track of the whole work with its almost psychedelic atmospheres seemingly coming straight out of the Seventies, the song that best works at channeling the Native American inspiration that we should theoretically perceive in the record. The rest of "Welcome To My World" proceeds with some nods to Mark Tremonti style guitars in "High & The Mighty" (featuring gospel backing vocals as well), the expected acoustic ballad ("Annie"), plus a cover of EMF's "Unbelievable", perfectly embodying the late '80s – early '90s atmosphere characterizing Star's work.
The thirty-three minutes of "Welcome To My World" glide away quite easily as nothing too complicated or paricularly memorable. Nevertheless, if you were desperately looking for something unexpectedly recent in the vein of Bon Jovi or Joan Jett, you have just found what you were searching for. For the others, you might want to try something else.