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CD REVIEW BOSTON LIFE LOVE AND HOPE

BOSTON

LIFE LOVE AND HOPE

2013

 

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It’s not too often a Boston album arrives and so when it does you sit up and take notice. Of course so much has happened since we last heard from the band and over time as you can imagine some of those intense feelings have seeped into the music.


Six albums in sadly Boston seem to have lost almost all of their magic. I wish I could say otherwise but I’ve listened to this album back to back for two weeks now and despite the occasional flash of brilliance, nothing really cries out to you. Now having said that, don’t let me fool you into thinking that this is a bad album, it’s not it’s just unexceptional, which is a word I never thought I would use in conjunction with this band, and a band I’ve loved almost as long as I can remember listening to music, a band that I loved through to ‘Corporate America’. The sad truth is that ‘Life Love and Hope’ just isn’t all you might expect.


Part of the problem here is the subtlety of touch, and there are of course many reasons for exploring new paths after so many years, but as a point of reference there are of course always those classic albums that we grew up with, certain expectations if you will. ‘Life Love and Hope’ has other issues too though, the song-writing sounds strained, the vocals (supplied by four different singers including the late Brad Delp) suffer from unremarkable lyrics , and generally the whole album just recalls middle of the road, mid-eighties light AOR.


I guess most disappointing of all is that there is no real glimmer of salvation , sure there are parts of some songs that make you hope for a moment, but even the reworked songs from Corporate America ‘Someone’ and ‘Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love’ add little.  Why you would record two such relatively average songs from your lasy eleven year old album I’m not sure, but I’d rather have heard something really classic. At the end of the day best of all I guess is the unreleased Delp song ‘Sail Away’ which along with ‘Heaven on Earth’ the opener is perhaps the best here.


Let’s hope this isn’t the end, it wouldn’t be a great place to leave the legacy.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW BOSTON LIFE LOVE AND HOPE 2013