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Heartplay - 2001 The Album

Kimmo Blom - vocals
Tuomas Wainola - guitars
Simo Saastamoinen - bass
Sakari Salli - keyboards
Kalle Torniainen - drums

Here's a bit of a Finnish rarity. Fans of Toto, Radioactive and Urban Tale.. listen up. This is the band that current Urban Tale singer Kimmo Blom was in, just prior to hooking up with UT. In fact, if you really dig deep, Kimmo also sang with a smalltime Finnish outfit called Nova Scotia many years before Heartplay. This rare CD has now become available thanks to the wonders of technology, and the ever-determined faithful who wish to see AOR masterpieces like this become available to the public.

The Songs
Not much is known about Finland's Heartplay, but upon initial listening, I can tell you this: fans of genres as far afield as West Coast, hi-tech, and pure AOR will be making super quick inquiries as to this 9 track gem. The tracks are all varied, but they are so classy, and catchy to listen to. For starters, you can get off on the chorus to 'Waiting For You', sublime stuff, or the acoustic/electric mesmerie of I'll Be Your Shelter', stuck in the middle ground of recent AORsters Stoneflower and Michael Learns To Rock. Third track in 'Don't Let Them Fade Away' nods a cap in the direction of Tommy Denander's Radioactive material. Commercial, but hard-edged. One of my fave tracks is the upbeat 'Masters Of Your Mind', with its strident guitar lines and modern keyboard runs. 'Silence' is a deceptive tune, subdued on the verses but aggressive on the bridge and chorus. 'Take My Word' has a funky vibe to it (a la Pat Thrall), perhaps also a sure sign of where Urban Tale would eventually surface from. Another tender moment is 'Vision', perhaps not as immediate as the others, but it's offset by the L.A session groove of 'Too Late'.. right out of that magic period of the early eighties. The closer 'Father Forgive Me' features an abundance of pompy synths (a la Emerson Lake and Palmer), and also sounds as if the production has been beefed up severely on this one. A magnificent track to end the album!

In Summary
As mentioned, an album full of contrasts, but classy from 'wo to go'. For those of you who are still interested, surf on over to Target Records and grab a copy. It is now available there, email Robert and he'll sort you out.

Track Time: 35.53

Track Listing:
01 Waiting For You
02 I'll Be Your Shelter
03 Don't Let Them Fade Away
04 Masters Of Your Mind
05 Silence
06 Take My Word
07 Vision
08 Too Late
09 Father Forgive Me

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:02:11
Occassionaly an album comes along that just has that 'WOW' factor.This has everything.Great playing, tight production and superb songs. It took me over half an hour to get past the first track 'Waiting For You'. This has got to be one of the best tracks of it's type i have heard in years. laid back verse and a BLOODY HUGE chorus .Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale) is in fine form and special mention must go to Sakari Salli, who's keys are phenomenal throughout. AOR don't get better than this, period.
#2 | code4 on October 25 2015 17:50:39
This is one i remember getting off torrent pre the advent of file sharing at rapidshare etc via blogs. Have never forgotten 'Masters of Your mind'. Did it have a sort of house music element going on? On which note i should say 'Have never forgotten of masters of my mind', cause i can't remember it only that it was a damn cool song with a house music beat..?.... Look forward to play that again soon and the whole album for that matter given the enthusiastic comments
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