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Rogers, Kenny (Jnr) - 1989 Yes No Maybe



ARTIST: Rogers, Kenny (Jnr)
ALBUM: Yes, No, Maybe
LABEL: Cypress
SERIAL: YD-0132
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kenny Rogers Jnr. - vocals, keyboards, drum programming * Bob De Marco, Dann Huff - guitars * Mitch Odom, Jim Butler, Michael Omartian, Dieter Falk - keyboards * Erich Buling - keyboards, drum programming * Jeff Bethuy - bass * John 'JR' Robinson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Talia * 02 Take Another Step Closer * 03 Ask Me How I Know * 04 Don't Wake Me Up * 05 Run * 06 Everything That's You * 07 The Bright Side * 08 Hold Me * 09 Love Is Easy * 10 Signals


Background
This has been on my wants list for years. Well 1990 to be precise, as that's when I first heard rumours as to how good this album was. Don't get the impression that this is something more in keeping with what Kenny's dad does.. nothing like it. This is impressive AOR with more than a leaning to hi-tech West Coast styled music. If you want a comparison, pitch Richard Marx singing Planet 3 material. I'm sure you get the picture. Whatever the case, the assembled cast makes for a dream team.


The Songs
As you can tell by the cast list, keyboards are all over the place on this opus, and for me this is like a bee to honey! When you hear the first track 'Talia' you are gonna wet your pants, such is the quality of this one song. The guitar lines are reminiscent of Stan Meissner, while Kenny's vocal style zeroes in on Clif Magness. The keyboards are simply gorgeous. 'Take Another Step Closer' is a funkier track a la Richard Marx on his debut, and then there's Kenny's predominantly solo effort on 'Ask Me How I Know' which is piano based. He also does a Michael Sembello track 'Don't Wake Me Up' that ends up sounding like a rockier Tim Feehan. 'Everything That's You' is another lovely piece, where the chorus pulses along with strident bass lines and the verses are restrained in typical AOR style. Some of the songs further down the track list go into hi-tech mode, very similar to the stuff that acts like Bill Meyers, or scandi bands like Time Gallery and their ilk would play. All wonderful stuff with funky bass lines, interesting percussion and drum parts, and layered vocal harmonies coming in over the top. Tracks like 'The Bright Side' and 'Hold Me' reflect this style while we get a pomp bombast in 'Love Is Easy' which to me has all the trimmings of a poppy Saga track, and is as much a contrast as to the other material on the album. Wonderful stuff! The last track 'Signals' is an attempt at a big atmospheric piano ballad but really doesn't flow with the rest of the album's content. It's nice, but I think the album should have gone out with a bang rather than with a wimper.


In Summary
Still, when you reflect on it, this is a gorgeous album, and is as good as I ever hoped it would be. This will be getting a severe dealing to on my CD player without question. Thanks go to Ludo Keeris for obtaining this disc. Finally..'


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#1 | Recordjnky on September 20 2007 03:29:46
Yes, i totally agree - a fantastic CD by all means. Kenny, where are you and how about a 2nd offering??
#2 | Carlos Ramirez on January 27 2015 17:53:04
I just tracked a download of this album and I'm enjoying the hell out of it! The Richard Marx comparison made in the review above is right on the money.
 
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