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OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Escape Music ESM054
Produced by: Steve Morris
Released: OUT NOW / Website
Closest Relative: Change Of Heart
This is Message's second album. The band is the brainchild of vocalist Dean Fasano. Dean is a good strong vocalist and I enjoy his style.|
Dean also plays keyboards, so as one could imagine, there is a heavy keyboard presence on the album.
Like the previous album, Outside Looking In is a good blend of pure AOR, with keyboard influenced 80's pop rock.
The line up is alternative from the last Message album, aside from Dean Fasano, with production duties switching from Kenny Kaos to Steve Morris.
The band this time comprises of a new bass player and drummer, with guitar by Steve Morris.
And with Chris Ousey on backing vocals and Change Of Heart's David Chapman also providing extra keyboards, this is another Escape Music family affair.
That also means that the sound, as good as it is, is very similar to that of Heartland and Change Of Heart.
The stand out tracks include the pomp AOR opening track, Play Forward, the excellent AOR anthem Right On The Line, the uptempo pop rocker Moment In Time and the very cool ballad The Last Time. Don't forget Beat Before The Heartbreak - possibly not as well mixed as the rest of the album but a great catchy anthem nevertheless.
Curiosity of the album goes to Secrets In The Night, which is a Dean Fasano re-write of the song recorded by Loverboy (Secrets from the album 6).|
Paul Dean is given co-writing credit on the song, but what about the other two guys who originally wrote the song with Dean and why rewrite the lyrics in the first place? Maybe I don't understand how these things work and a minor point.
|PRODUCTION: 78%||SONGS: 84%||VIBE: 78%||ATTITUDE: 80%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of previous Escape Music releases, fans who liked Change Of Heart, The Distance & Heartland.|
DISCOGRAPHY:Message . Fine Line . Outside Looking In