Around the time this 1980 album came out, James Mtume and his partner, Reggie Lucas, were known for their excellent production work with singers like Phyllis Hyman and Stephanie Mills. Mtume and Lucas are also skilled musicians, as demonstrated here. Mtume contributes lead vocals and background vocals and plays keyboards and percussion, while Lucas shines in his lead and rhythm guitar playing and joins in the background vocals as well.
Hardline was born from a union between brothers Johnny and Joey Gioeli and Neal Schon (Journey) and Deen Castronovo, who were just coming out of the wildly successful Bad English. After the massive debut album, Double Eclipse, they returned 10 years later with II and two more albums followed. Fast forward to 2016 and Human Nature is the heaviest and strongest album since their beloved debut. The combination of Gioeli's vocals, Josh Ramos' incendiary riffs and Alessandro Del Vecchio's musical and production talents have created an album for the ages. A must for melodic hard rock fans.