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Bricklin - 1986 Bricklin



ARTIST: Bricklin
ALBUM: Bricklin
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SP 5124 (LP), CD 5124 (CD)
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 2012, AOR Heaven Classix, AORHC0019

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Scott Bricklin - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion * Jake Meyer - vocals, keyboards, percussion * Brian Bricklin - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Ian Cross - guitar, keyboards, vocals * Jamie Goetz - bass, vocals * Eddie Bader - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fear Of Life * 02 For Her Love * 03 Even When You're Done With Me * 04 All I Know * 05 Love Without Pain * 06 If This Is Love * 07 All You Own * 08 She's Not My Girl * 09 How Come I? * 10 The Sleeping Dream


Background
Goodness, there's so many keyboardists on show here .. have they got enough room on stage for all these guys! All joking aside, if you like your rock music on the softer side, with the occasional flex of muscle, then Bricklin might just be up your alley. Formed around the brother Scott and Brian, the Bricklin team manage to come up with an appealing album of songs that skirt round the fringes of bands like Agent, Life By Night, The City, and Mr Mister. Lots of hi-tech arrangements, keyboards and percussive elements too. This album was ignored by the mainstream press at the time, passed off as faceless commercial rock. Perhaps so, but there's more depth here than some of the other bands that were lauded at the time. The fact that A&M did 'diddly squat' to promote the album only compounded matters. Producer Neil Dorfsman puts together a mixed package. And that in itself is a problem, as the music does tend to ebb and flow between tracks.


The Songs
The opener 'Fear Of Life' is a bright and breezy opener, with a fast paced attack and lots of chanty choruses, while the next 'For Her Love' tries hard to continue the same approach. 'Even When You're Done With Me' is an upbeat dance oriented track, something a band like Haywire could get away with. 'All I Know' sounds like a poor man's version of The Arrows, though the bass lines are very funky and very good! 'If This Is Love' also moves in that same direction. The ballad 'All You Own' is delicate to the point of exquisite, and meanders through in softer fashion. As too does 'She's Not My Girl' which has a nice strutty guitar line, and is probably the best example of AOR that Bricklin do, and it's rather impressive! The closer 'The Sleeping Dream' is another great slice of mid paced rock like Glass Tiger. This has an infectious chorus and a distinctive brass parp through the middle of it. Great stuff for all us mellow rockers.


In Summary
You used to see this quite often on vinyl, but now it commands some sort of respect as a hard to find CD. So, for all you boundary riders out there, start looking for that elusive second album, which just about got an official release from A&M but didn't. There maybe some bootlegs lying around, better ask someone like Kelv Hellrazer, he might have a copy. Some of the guys reformed for the Martins Dam album 'The Healing' from 1995. A very stripped down and earthy piece of music, getting back to the roots of heartland US rock.


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Comments
#1 | Eric on January 29 2009 20:58:55
A non-starter that really lacked good/ memorable songs and it's confusing why this record gets so much attention.
#2 | reyno-roxx on February 14 2012 14:54:59
This one is up for reissue next month through AOR Heaven Classix.
#3 | Aluko on April 04 2012 23:37:42
Just ordered this!
#4 | super80boy on April 20 2014 03:50:24
Yeah, I remember the original CD being quite the rarity years ago, shooting up into the hundreds of dollars arena. I just listened to the vinyl version again after many years and its high tech, it's AOR and chock full of polished up catchy songs.
#5 | mickey on January 30 2017 22:49:42
Great review. The million dollar question is why they didn't include their awesome best song (Walk Away) on this record. Link below:

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