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Works, The - 1989 From Out Of Nowhere

ARTIST: Works, The
ALBUM: From Out Of Nowhere
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Brian Malone - vocals * Jim Huff - guitars * Stuart Zaltz - keyboards

Additional Musicians: Klyph Black - bass * Paul Marangoni - drums * Ed Calle - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Is A Dangerous Weapon * 02 Wild Reaction * 03 Dancing On A Wing * 04 Broadway Jane * 05 Miss Perfection * 06 Slave To The Thrill * 07 Fool To Love You * 08 Standing On Shaky Ground * 09 Robbery * 10 Sherri's Gone

Another in a long line of Canadian melodic rock bands which deliver on anthemic driving rock. Coming off sounding like a combined 90's version of Loverboy meeting Coney Hatch, The Works give us a testament of ten tracks, full of power and punch, and all the years experience that Tom Allom can give at the production helm. It's hard not to compare Brian Malone with Carl Dixon, such is the similarity, though the music has more keyboards than Coney Hatch ever had (excluding the 'Friction' album). Looking at the composition of the songs, they had all been written long before the album was released in 1991. The earliest in 1985, the latest in 1989. So what did they do in between 1989-1991? Who knows, but anyway, the music is infectious, and the foot was seen to be tapping quite a bit so that says something.

The Songs
Stand out performances include the uptempo 'Wild Reaction' and similarly 'Standing On Shaky Ground'. You've also got the rather epic feel to 'Sherri's Gone'. You'd think that a song that plays 6.53 minutes, that Sherri would have been long gone, and she does take a while to actually leave. Then there's 'Broadway Jane', a completely different kettle of fish, very sassy and near jazz like, while 'Miss Perfection' is a cranky affair, with 80's style guitar riffs and rampant drums. Of the others, 'Love Is A Dangerous Weapon', 'Robbery' and 'Slave To The Thrill' all showcase The Works' obvious influences and leanings to contemporary melodic Canadian rock.

In Summary
Not the most original album you'll ever hear, and it does get a little derivative at times, but it's still a good listen for the melodic rock fan. As most fans know, The Works gravitated into the band Wall Of Silence a few years later.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2008 10:06:19
I still drag this out from time to time. Anyone still play the Mannequin album that preceded it? That had its moments.
#2 | super80boy on December 14 2014 16:10:26
The Works provided favorable keyboard driven melodic rock with flourishes of creativity and originality. The official single taken from the album was the radio friendly 'Dancing On A Wing' with the B-side being 'Miss Perfection', a harder edged tune. A music video was also shot that got limited rotation on MuchMusic. Both songs complemented one another, and should have allowed the band to gain more interest if their label had done better in the marketing department. There are a bunch of choice cuts to dive into..Recommended.
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