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French soft rock master Frederic Slama can always be relied upon to deliver a silky smooth album mixing Westcoast pop and easy going AOR. The moniker of his long running project reflects the very nature of the music he delivers – pure AOR.|
On this occasion, Frederic has teamed with pal Tommy Denander for a more collaborative effort. That means that Denander delivers much of the album's guitar work, programming, keyboards and also bass parts.
No surprise then that this album is dominated by Tommy's trademark production style and guitar sound.
Joining the duo on this record is Tommy's new pal Phillip Bardowell, who he did an album with in 2005 and who also guested on Tommy's current Radioactive album.
So who's album is this? Is this a new AOR album, or a new Denander album? Well, AOR is the name on the marquee, but this latest album is more Denander than anything else.
The 5 lead vocals delivered from Phillip Bardowell are all but a sequel to the duo's great 2005 In The Cut release. While the album delivers some tasteful examples of silky smooth Westcoast/AOR, it is these 5 tracks that stand out from the pack.
How Could I Forget Her is a nice uptempo melodic rocker, while the uptempo, but heartfelt Like An Open Book is an album highlight and is as good as any track from the In The Cut release. Bardowell also sings on I Won't Give Up On You, Last Chance At Love and LA Winds.
Of the non Bardowell sung tracks, One More Chance stands out as the best. The J. Lynn Johnson sung Westcoast track is as smooth as they come and features a strong, memorable chorus. Johnson also appears on The House Of Love, which is another strong track.
Give A Little Love is somewhat of a u-turn for the album stylistically, featuring the soulful R&B of vocalist Dane Donohue. Classy Westcoast for those that live for the pink and fluffy.
Guest musicians are always part of the AOR legacy and on this release we see Steve Lukather, Rick Riso, Peter Friestedt, Michael Landau, David Williams and more featured.
Sadly the very sparse liner notes offer no details of their parts or particular songs, so it will left to guess work to figure out these guest spots.
I personally prefer the previous releases LA Reflection and Dreaming Of LA, but there remains good consistency with the AOR name.
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