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Alexa - 1989 Alexa



ARTIST: Alexa
ALBUM: Alexa
LABEL: Savage
SERIAL: VAG-911
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2006, MTM Music, 0681-159

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Alexa Anastasia - vocals * Paul Sabu - guitars * Murrill Maglio - bass * Tommy Rude - keyboards * Charles Esposito - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Shake You * 02 We Don't Remember Why * 03 Dance The Night Away * 04 Wanderlust * 05 Let It Rock * 06 A Cry Away * 07 Cool Wind * 08 Heart To Heart * 09 Spooky * 10 From Now On


Background
You could call this album Only Child II if you really wanted to. Sensational slab of AOR/melodic rock from LA rock vixen Alexa, who vocally could be considered a Paul Sabu clone. Nonetheless, it's a fairly heavy affair, with raucous vocals very much to the fore. With gorgeous looks and a voice to match, Alexa was plucked out of obscurity and paired up with Paul Sabu to release her one and only album, ironically the same year of his Only Child album. So, coincidentally the members of Only Child turned up to play on this one too.


The Songs
As for the songs, you'd be hard pressed to find anything this good (apart from Witness that is!). Some genuine classics on show here, from the opening trio of 'I Can't Shake You', 'We Don't Remember Why' and 'Dance The Night Away' to the blistering melodic fury of 'Let It Rock' and 'Heart To Heart'. Some of the slower moments are great too, including 'Wanderlust' and 'A Cry Away', and there's a cover of Atlanta Rhythm Section's 'Spooky'.


In Summary
It's a pity that this album is effectively a one-off effort, and Alexa disappeared back into the L.A soup just as soon as she surfaced. As a result, this is starting to become a rare item on CD, so if you have it .. lucky you. As for Ms Anastasia, well she's been in touch with G-DAZE a few times since this review was put up, so we're thankful at least that modern day communication does get through.. like the pony express! And hey.. she still rocks and still looks gorgeous!


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 22:47:21
Have always liked this album alot. There is enough quality on show here though to satisfy most & Ms. Anastasia is pretty awesome throughout. The best of the material is in the first half, although in general it all gets the thumbs up from me.
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 06 2009 17:20:26
I bought this about two years ago on iTunes when I got a lot of Paul Sabu stuff. Pretty darn good stuff here; it's a tossup for me between this and the Witness album. The first tune "I Can't Shake You" is good, but I think it is the most ordinary one on here. The rest keeps on getting better and better. I have the opposite take on this from Jez - I think the best tracks are on the second half. The cover of "Spooky" is great; it's different to hear the gender reversal over the ARS version. One of my most-played albums over the past two years.
 
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