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MTM Music 0681-09
Produced by: Roger Scott Craig
Released: March 23 / Website
Closest Relative: Harlan Cage
101 South is the side project from Harlan Cage keyboardist/songwriter Roger Scott Craig. It features the vocals of Gregory Lynn Hall - who's voice is a mix of Johnny Edwards, John Parr, James Christian & Troy Reid.|
This is an album for every classic or traditional AOR fan. Lots of keyboards (as expected), but also a ton of great melodic songs in the vein of Harlan Cage, with a few new twists.
There are a couple of different styles used on the album - the opening rocking track is not really representative of the record. That harder sound is only used on maybe 3 or 4 tracks.
Track two is where the more familiar sounds of Harlan Cage filter through. An epic style track with all the familiar Harlan trademarks.
We Took The Wrong Road has almost a Giuffira feel to it. A great mid-tempo AOR track with a monster hook and some killer John Parr-ish vocals.
Boat Out On The Water uses the typical Harlan Cage metaphor's but with the soft piano intro leading into a more anthem rocker, it's one of the album's strongest songs.
Nowhere To Run & Live For The Moment are good examples of keyboard filled, but not keyboard dominated tracks - uptempo, urgent, rocking.|
Casualty Of Love is a happy poppy track with a new side of Craig showing. Big pompous AOR!
She Walks On Water is one hell of a ballad. Slow, passionate, really classy stuff. How about this song on a soundtrack sometime?
An album that needs to be listened to from start to finish in order to capture it's mood and the true quality of it.
|PRODUCTION: 82%||SONGS: 85%||VIBE: 84%||ATTITUDE: 85%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Every Harlan Cage fan, pomp/keyboard driven AOR fans.|
DISCOGRAPHY:Harlan Cage - 3 albums . 101 South