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Akira Kajiyama + Joe Lynn Turner
Fire Without Flame
AOR Heaven
00024
Produced By: Akira Kajiyama

Running Time: 53.10

Release Date: May 26

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: AOR Heaven
80%
Songs: 84%
Sound: 76%
I'm glad to see that AOR Heaven has picked this up for Europen release as fans of Joe Lynn Turner deserve to have access to this without the exorbitant Japanese import price.
And secondly while this is an enjoyable record I don't think it's a classic worthy of that Japanese price tag.
So, the European release is a much better proposition and is something that all JLT fans should pick up.
Joe is definitely the key to the enjoyment of this record. He supplies much of the album's music all lyrics and melodies and Akira supplies the musical backing and structure.
The music is of a style JLT fans will certainly be comfortable with very commercial, 80s influenced melodic rock.
Akira previously played with Joe and Glenn Hughes live with HTP, so he knows Joe's vocal moves well and therefore this record covers a little of everything we know Joe for melodic rock, HTP style blues and some classic hard rock.
The albums rocks in places the opening track One Day Away, Looking For Trouble, Down & Dirty the Rainbowesque double time pace of Survival; then there are also a couple of fine ballads in Heart Against Heart and Forever Changed and a mid-tempo melodic rocker in the title track Fire Without Flame.
Of course there is a little showcase for the blues with Bad Feeling and the boogie of License To Kill.
The one thing I don't like about the record is the guitar tone. I don't think it does the material justice and sounds pretty hollow in places. When the record is more or less a solo album for a well-known guitarist, it might be a good idea to ensure that part of the record sounds as good as is possible.
The Bottom Line
This is an enjoyable album that fans of Joe Lynn Turner will definitely appreciate. I don't see any newcomers being converted by what's on offer, which is nothing new. But there are some strong songs within and Joe's vocal performance is certainly up to his usual high caliber.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Fire Without Flame

Line Up:
Joe Lynn Turner: Vocals
Akira Kajiyama: All Instruments

Essential For Fans Of:
Joe Lynn Turner
HTP
Track Listing
One Day Away *
Fire Without Flame
Survival *
Heart Against Heart *
End Of The Line
Forever Changed
Bad Feeling
Looking For Trouble *
Down And Dirty
License To Kill
Slow Burn

--*Best Tracks


23/08/06: Gregg - gmcpa@optonline.net
Rating: 82
Good. Nothing Great except for the title track which is
among Joe's best solo hits.

07/06/06: SAVA - svemirski_modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 82
I don't like production on this album, but most of songs are great! JLT did awesome job as always - my top 20 singers EVER! So, it's very good release for fans of JLT-era Rainbow, HTP and his solo works!

02/06/06: Michael - angra55t@yahoo.com
Rating: 99
I love Japanese hard rock/heavy metal and Kajiyama-san is a huge talent on the scene. This album is no exception - I highly enjoyed the fact that Akira is in control of production and mixing. A top-class album of the year!

09/05/06: 5150 - alexanderbruce@hotmail.com
Rating: 2
Disappointing album. I loved the last two albums with JLT and Akira Kajiyama (Holy Man and Slam). Likewise, I've the last few JLT solo albums. But this time, Akira Kajiyama is in control of the music, mixing and producing. And he's created a very dull and uninspired album. The music and production are flat and lifeless. Not event the guitar work is very good. Don't waste you money on this one.

09/05/06: Michael Ashworth - luckyash@optusnet.com.au
Rating: 90
To me, it's just another wonderful album for J L T. Maybe it's not the masterpiece I thought 'The Usual Suspects' was, maybe in time it will be.. but it does join the list of extremely high quality J L T albums.. i honestly do think that since 1995's 'Nothing's Changed' he's been my favorite recording artist.. Whether solo or with Glenn, Akira or Mother's Army, his albums have been great and he's one of the few artists I just have no hesitation about when a new album is released..

It's a nicely varied album.. if i had one complaint it's that i wish there'd be more of a showcase for the blues, because Joe sounds absolutely wonderful in that enviroment.. other than that, great album.. strong melodic rock songs and ballads that have real emotional impact.. i can see it picking up newcomers though, my nephew who is 13 is hooked and we especially love 'Survival', very energetic and energizing song.


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