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Attraction 65 Attraction 65 Atenzia Records
ATZ 020
· Produced By: Gregg Fulkerson & Robert Streets

· Running Time: 50.29

· Release Date: August 18

· Released: EU

· Musical Style: Modern / Melodic Rock

· Links: Atenzia
95%
Songs: 95%
Sound: 95%
I've been looking forward to reviewing this album, as I have a definite soft spot for it and frontman Gregg Fulkerson. It's been an anticipated project for me and I'm thoroughly impressed with the results.
Stepping out of the shadow of the popular Blue Tears album, Gregg makes his return to active recording with Attraction 65 – essentially Blue Tears 2003.
The underlying vibe is the same, even if the band members are a little different and the sound is very firmly planted in 2003 modern rock territory.
That said, the sense of melody in the songs and the style in which they are written is a throw back to Blue Tears and the whole 80's melodic genre.
This may be catchy modern rock, but the vibe is classic melodic rock.
Also part of Attraction 65 is Gregg's former Blue Tears partner Michael Spears, who most recently also worked with Billy Falcon on his new album.
The sound of Attraction 65 matches anything on FM radio anywhere in the world today and is every bit as good. The album contains a diverse range of styles, comparing to U2, Nickelback, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and even a little Creed. And to be honest, there are at least 4 or 5 songs on here that have every chance at major radio airplay.
Three tracks here have been brought in from the post-Blue Tears years, which will please fans of that band. These three songs help bridge the gap between then and now, even though all songs and styles on the album are held together with great consistency.
Track By Track:
Believe opens the album like all good rock albums should be – with a bang. The song is an uptempo melodic modern rocker, with the emphasis on melodic. Unlike most modern rock acts, this track has a big chorus and a real groove to it.
Roll On is one of the big radio tracks. Starting softly, the semi-acoustic track builds to the chorus and continues as a full band track, with a guitar riff reminiscent of U2, but a delivery in line with that of Nickelback or Creed. The chorus is inspiring, memorable and definitely a sing-along possibility.
In Another Life is my pick for a break out hit. Catchier, more uplifting and instantly likable, this feel good rock track builds from its acoustic base, to a powerful and heavy finale. The songs contains a huge bridge, tempo changes and hooks everywhere – all wrapped up in a modern package.
I believe Train is another classic in waiting. This is a dark and moody track that features another stripped back verse that builds to an instantly memorable chorus and back again. And once again the song builds towards a heavier and more dramatic finale. Tell me this can't be played on radio!
Stand starts as a totally acoustic track, building with a U2 vibe, into a stadium friendly mid-tempo rocker. Nice to hear an instrumental break mid tune, giving way to a vocal choir that takes the song right over the top. The song has a big epic finish that again highlights the strength of the songwriting on this album. Eden is next up and changes the pace and style of the album again. This is classic Joshua Tree era U2. Gregg does a great soft Bono style vocal to lead the epic ballad off.
Once again, the song leaves the listener with 'warm fuzzy feeling' and will definitely appeal to U2 fans out there.
Call My Name is another former Blue Tears track, dramatically resurrected for Attraction 65. This track is the closest to the old Blue Tears sound on this record. It's a big Bon Jovi/New Jersey style feel good rocker, which while updated, has a classic melodic rock heart.
Strong is another post-Blue Tears era track. This is another semi-acoustic mid-tempo track with a big melodic heart. The chorus is as catchy as any other track on the album and features that vocal choir in the background again. A simple track that somehow has an epic feel to it.
It's time to rock again! Rise Above is much like the opening track – a big pounding rocker with a cool groove and another catchy and powerful chorus.
Storm In My Heart is another post-Blue Tears track and is one of my favourites on the album. Starting out slow, this rock ballad builds to a barnstorming and passionate conclusion. A massive chorus sets the strong melodic tone of the song.
The track runs strength into the other big epic ballad of the album Swept Away. This track has a huge feel good chorus and closes the album on a perfect note. If a ballad like this can't get onto mainstream radio, then nothing can.
The Bottom Line
Inspiring, that's the best word I can find to describe the feeling of listening to this album. It's so positive in its message, so uplifting in it's delivery, that you can't help but get caught up and swept along with it.
Listening to this album takes your energy, as it's a powerful and emotional set of songs that sucks you right in. Its definitely a mood record too….largely mid-tempo, the album best suits when the listener is looking for something with an intelligent heart to act as something more than just background music.
Regardless of the style of the music, the songs are powerful, melodic and brilliantly written. It will be down to personal taste what you take from the record, but I for one rate it as one of the best modern melodic releases and a prime example of how to update one's sound to compete with the best, while never once forgetting how to write a memorable hook, melody or chorus.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Stealin' Horses
· Blue Tears
· Michael Sweet
· Attraction 65

Line Up
· Gregg Fulkerson: Lead Vocals, Guitars
· Robert Streets: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
· Paul Zegelien: Guitar, Backing Vocals
· Ludo Baccherini: Drums, Backing Vocals
· Michael Spears: Bass, Backing Vocals

Essential for fans of:
· Blue Tears
· U2, Bon Jovi
· Modern melodic rock
Track Listing
· Believe
· Roll On
· In Another Life*
· Train*
· Stand
· Eden*
· Call My Name*
· Strong
· Rise Above*
· Storm In My Heart
· Swept Away*
--*Best Tracks


05/02/05: Jay - jbjalways01@yahoo.co.uk
Rating: 100
I was totally blown away by this album it's truly awesome.
I would love to be able to see them perform live.

14/04/04: Mark - mark@wyse583.freeserve.co.uk
Rating: 100
I bought the Blue Tears album many moons ago and really enjoyed that release, (I still listen to it even today). The production was and is simply world class. The Attraction65 album which is Blue Tears2 if you like, is simply fantastic. A tribute to the brilliant and timeless qualities of songs that are written from the heart and that actually have heart; Gregg Fulkerson is a supremely talented musician who has clearly been influenced by Springsteen, U2 and Creed in the overall "sound" of this album. As an old Blue Tears fan, I was not expecting this potent mixture of influences to come to mind when listening to this album - but what a surprise!!! "Roll On" is sheer genius and deserves airplay more than any other song I can remember over at least the last 2-3 years. "In Another Life" would be a No.1 single if recorded by Creed or Nickleback; "Storm In My Heart" is one of the best hooks I have ever heard. Throughout, the standard of vocals laid down by Gregg is nothing short of world class. I urge any readers to buy this album and if you feel good you will feel better after listening to this; if you feel bad, then the result is the same - How many other albums released over the last few years, (Mecca - 1st and Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World apart) can you say that about? I only hope that Gregg and the guys will keep recording. Fingers crossed for more utter genius............ but in the meantime, buy this record.

04/03/04: Steve Cresswell - cresswell2@blueyonder.co.uk
Rating: 95
This is a truly classy, top-notch CD and undoubtedly one of the top 10 albums of 2003 for me. My tastes were and still are rooted in the Def Leppard 'Hysteria', Bon Jovi 'New Jersey' era in a perfect world, yet I'm finding an increasing number of modern/alternative rock tracks and CD's that really float my boat like this one, Vonray, Neve, Dakona etc.
This Attraction 65 CD perfectly bridges the gap between the bombastic, huge choruses and uplifting tunes of the melodic rock I love and the modern, edgy guitar, orchestral incorporation and slowly burning and building tracks of the above-mentioned modern rock bands. The tunes are amazing, the production is crisp, the vocals are superb (although I can barely recognise Gregg comparing his vocals here to the Blue Tears vocals!)and the whole experience of listening to this CD is uplifting. It's both immediately enjoyable and a real grower too...the perfect combination for any CD in my book!!!
Favourite tracks would have to be 'In Another Life' (best chorus on the whole album and builds to a crescendo fantastically), 'Swept Away' (glorious uplifting musicianship and chorus), 'Rise Above'(classic rock sounding tracks with modern twist).
Buy this CD for sure I say!

25/11/03: TJ - TROTH11@SBCGLOBAL.COM
Rating: 65
WHAT A LET DOWN! I GAVE IN TO SOME OF THE ABOVE REVIEWS AND BOUGHT THIS CD! LYRICALLY IT IS UPLIGHTING AND DIFFERENT BUT NOT VERY CATCHY IN MY BOOK.

19/10/03: Henrik Sjogren - Hsjogren@mail.tele.dk
Rating: 100
My favorite cd of 2003, and i think it has been a great year so far.
The CD is filled with solid song writing, catchy hooks, awesome vocals, and a tight rhythm section. these guys rock.
This band is too good to go un noticed. hopefully they're stay together. And it won`t be a new one off, like Blue Tears was.
Go out and buy Attraction 65, if you like hybrid between old and new melodic rock.

25/09/03: Geoff - g.a.wols@ponl.com
Rating: 80
I must say I was expecting big things from this album, which is why I will admit my initial dissapointment. And in my expectance of big things, that referred to both quality and sound/songs. I was expecting and all out hard rocking affair with the balls of a steam train. I don't know why, just an assumption I had.

What we have instead is a rather fine collection of balladic tunes with the occasional rocker thrown in for good measure. Not what I was expecting at all, but very well excecuted regardless. I like the album a lot, but my one thing with it is the "inspirational", "uplifting" kind of lyrics. It's great to see someone so positive, but I've never been a big fan of these types of songs - don't ask me why, to me they just have a church choir kind of feel to some of them.

But to the songs at hand - 'Believe' is what I was just talking about there and I don't like it at all, 'Roll on' is a nice ballad building in momentum as it goes. Very nice. 'In another life' is my fave track off the album, a great sentimental ballad with great hooks. 'Train' is wonderful too, another moody ballad which rates high. 'Stand' is cool, but leads into a choir at the end, still, maintains it's quality edge. 'Rise above' is woeful and belongs in church, 'Strong' is another cool balladic number. 'Call my name' and 'Storm in my heart' are the Blue Tears songs that I was waiting to hear, unfortunately neither were ever a fave of mine on that lot of demos. And although they sound 100 times better here, I'm still not overly fond of the actual songs. In fact, 'Kisses in the dark' was the only unreleased Blue Tears I ever really liked. Would have loved to have seen that here. 'Call my name' is a cool song, though, just reminds me too much of Bon Jovi and U2 combined. 'Swept away' is okay - another ballad - and 'Eden' is great, even if it is U2' 'All I want is you'. Excellent song and another fine ballad. The hidden track, I could have done without as it's another church-style rocker that does little for me.

Overall, I have great respect for Gregg, I think he sounds like an extremely genuine guy and I wish no one more luck and success than him. As far as this album goes, I do like the balladic moments a lot (Which is the majority of the album), there is some very strong song-writing . . . it's just unfortunate that the rockers do nothing for me - which is where I felt Blue Tears were at their finest.

For me, the main thing that gets me is that Blue Tears did what Bon Jovi and Def Leppard were doing, but mixed it up perfectly and arguably exceded the two bands at the time. Unfortunately Attraction 65 takes a lot of what is going on in modern rock today (And ALOT of U2 too), but does not always excede what they are doing, aside from a gem or two.

22/09/03: Janx - mrjanx@optusnet.com.au
Rating: 100
I have to admit I was real worried. After all these years Gregg was back and when you lay low for that long expectations raise exponentially. Right he is not to call the band Blue Tears any longer. This is something else entirely; Gregg's vocals have reached a whole new level of intensity and his songwriting talents are much more contemporary. The more I listen to this album the more I adapt to it - the Blue Tears expectations needed loosening - and right now I'm just extatic about the finished product. Personally the hardest thing of all is forgetting the original recordings of Call My Name, Strong, and Storm In My Heart. They are still my favorite (unreleased) songs ever (including A Date With Destiny - a piano/vocal version you'll find on melodicrock.com vol.1), but here they are done in the new Attraction 65 style. I do wonder how these songs go over with someone who hasn't heard them until now. For me it's like reading a book and then seeing the movie, taking a little time to acclimatise. Don't get me wrong, they're still great. If they weren't this review should have a sting in its tail.

Production-wise the soundscape suits the style. This album got a lot of love and that's what every artist who steps into a studio should want for their baby. Too many good albums suffer from careless production. Here the sound is right how it needs to be.

My honest feeling is if Attraction 65 grow from this base one could assume they'll soon rule the planet. Lets hope noone can stop them this time.

19/09/03: Tony Jones - riverblade2001@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
I agree with Andrew on this cd,its top notch all the way.Production wise,its fantastic.Greggs vocals are impressive,singing in a lower register than what most of us might be used to.I am now having to go back and update my collection with the Blue Tears stuff because i was so impressed with this.Gregg himself e-mailed me,which made my day by the way.What a great spirit this guy has.I can feel every emotion in the songs,and they speak to me.I know that when i am down,i can put this cd on and have something that i can relate to.Take my advice and get it,you wont be disappointed.

08/09/03: Bill W - nolerx@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
This album is awesome. I really like the Blue Tears album, but this release is over the top. I think Andrew is dead on in his assesment. I hear a lot of the U2, Bon Jovi, Creed and Springsteen vibes here. The thing is Attraction 65 takes the best of the aforementioned artists and adds their own touch. There is not one bad song on the disc, they are have great hooks and I found myself singing along after one listen. It's been a long time since I've heard music this good. Buy it, you won't be dissapointed!!


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