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AOR LA CONNECTION REVIEW 2014

 

AOR - LA CONNECTION

ESCAPE MUSIC

JULY 18 2014

 

 

Light bright AOR, OK so given the name I guess that’s not too much of a surprise. But what might be a surprise to the uninitiated is the quality of this Frederic Slama’s 13th outing under the AOR banner! Make no mistake ‘LA Connection’ is just that: a nice slab of melodic AOR, maybe a little short at nine tracks, but there you go.

 

‘On the Edge of Glory’ is a great song to set out the stall, a great vocal, a big chorus, all in all a nice driven song that ticks a lot of boxes; ‘Pride of Strangers’ that follows immediately is even leaner and harder-edged but just as melodic with a shot of real soul especially in the Paul Sabu vocal. It’s a great start.

 

As a project each song on the album sees a different guest vocalist drop in, which is both a blessing and a curse as it does make the album sound like more of a compilation than a complete work, which is a shame but when you look at the quality of the vocal contributors it’s hard to go wrong: with the likes of Tommy Denander, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Paul Sabu (Only Child, Kidd Glove), Jeff Paris, Sherwood Ball (Jay Graydon), David Forbes (Boulevard), Rick Riso, Philip Bardowell (Places Of Power, Unruly Child), Bob Harris (Axe), Tamara Champlin & others.

 

Our highlights are the wonderfully simple ‘Closer to Zero’; the amazing ‘Lost Souls Don’t Cry’ which sounds like the short lived Gramm-Schon project ‘Shadow King’; the searching key-laden ‘Age of Desire’ and the reflective ballad shot full of feeling ‘The Crystal Heart’ that closes. This is a great album if you are looking for that AOR fix and recommended for all fans of that genre. If you’ve been following previous AOR releases this might just be the best yet!

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

AOR LA CONNECTION REVIEW 2014