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CD Chasing Violets Jade Hearts review

CHASING VIOLETS

JADE HEARTS

AOR RECORDS

JUNE 2013

 

SLICK EIGHTIES AOR THE WAY IT USED TO BE

 

Now here’s one that takes you back. Two attractive French sisters revive the sounds of early eighties AOR with a host of guests from the genre.  At first you don’t quite know where to turn: it’s an album that’s almost overwhelming in its authenticity, it’s naivety and ‘musical innocence’. It really does transport you back to a time when people made music that was just made for sheer enjoyment and to make you feel good.

 


Everything on here smacks of days gone by when synths and echo backing vocals were as important as the stabs of guitar and a strong vocal line. There’s a feeling that we shouldn’t like this but when you hear that guitar cut through that clichéd chorus it’s the sheer mastery of the genre that wins you over.

 


Still not intrigued? Well what about some of the guests on here – we’ve got members of Alice Cooper’s band, Paul Stanley’s, Yngwie Malmsteen’s, Last Autumn's Dream, Axe, Alien, Hardline & Lionville.

 


If AOR is your bag and you like nothing more than to revisit the eighties – whether it be Vixen, Fiona or dare I say bands like Precious Metal or even UK chanteuse Lisa Dominique and her band then this is for you. It’s not of course really like any of those names I’ve thrown out as the modern production is sturdy and glossy. In a way it reminds me sonically of Patty Smyth’s band Scandal as far as the weight of composition. You’ll love tracks like the opener: ‘The Main Attraction’, or the mid-tempo title track. Really though take a plunge in anywhere, and if you like what you hear it’s pretty certain you’ll love the album.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CHASING VIOLETS JADE HEARTS CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013