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Alias - 1990 Alias

ALBUM: Alias
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: CDP-7-93908-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Freddy Curci - vocals * Steve De Marchi - guitars * Roger Fisher - guitars * Steve Fossen - bass * Michael De Rosier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Say What I Wanna Say * 02 Haunted Heart * 03 Waiting For Love * 04 The Power * 05 Heroes * 06 What To Do * 07 After All The Love Is Gone * 08 More Than Words Can Say * 09 One More Chance * 10 True Emotion * 11 Standing In The Darkness

Alias are the merger of personnel from two of Canada's best melodic rock bands, namely Sheriff and Heart - two parts Sheriff meets three parts Heart. At best, a virtual supergroup in the true AOR/melodic rock mould, featuring the talented vocalist Freddy 'The Siren' Curci. On paper, this amalgam promised much, on record it was put to the test and passed with flying colours. Added to this was the production wizardry of ex Avalon member Rick Neigher, and the result was a cocktail of memorable songs.

The Songs
Not only do they play the part but they also look the part, in true AOR fashion. Of course we all remember the worldwide smash hit 'More Than Words Can Say' and the cool video which accompanied it. But elsewhere, the songs are gloriously rich, such as the opening pair of 'Say What I Wanna Say' and 'Haunted Heart'. The mid paced melodic attack continues on the superb 'After All The Love Is Gone', 'One More Chance' and 'True Emotion', while 'The Power' and 'What To Do' though quite rocky tunes, have their own unique flavour to them. Also, we cannot forget the re-work of the Brett Walker classic 'Waiting For Love' and the punchy rock of 'Standing In The Darkness'. Perhaps the only song which misses the mark is 'Heroes' which is sort of melancholy and anthemic, but goes nowhere.

In Summary
So, all up, you get great value for money on this album, which was right up there as one of the best albums from 1990, in what was a relatively strong year for the genre. Very easy to obtain, so ensure you have a copy in your collection.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Another gem from 1990. I'm not sure how I missed the boat on this one, since 'More Than Words Can Say' was all over the airwaves back then. I found this on Rhapsody this week and have been playing it quite a bit. To me, 'Haunted Heart' is the epitome of AOR.
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:31:08
This is a great record, not the best ever, but one that is usually mentioned when compiling our little 'Best Of' lists (yes we all do it),definately quality with a capital 'Q'. Also notable to see the 3 old Heart boys back in the spotlight, and Curci's best vocal performances
#3 | rostoned on July 30 2008 21:46:40
MOON OVER PARIS, the duo set up by Jeff Paris and Moon Calhoun in the late 80s, demoed the song 'Waiting For Love' which was written by Paris and Brett Walker and later became a hit for ALIAS. The demo is available for download in the download section of the forum of this site.
#4 | gdazegod on July 30 2008 21:57:42
I think Metal Forces gave this a 100/100 at the time of its release. Mind you, they gave the same rating to Drive She Said.. hh..hmmm..
#5 | rostoned on August 05 2008 18:22:33
Even if this album produced not one but two smash hits in the US singles chart, the LP sold very poorly peaking only at #114 in the album chart. Frankly disappointing #s and, considering the arrival of grunge as well, it wasn't hard to understand why Capitol dropped them faster than a boring girlfriend...
#6 | Europe84 on December 18 2010 17:14:47
freddy curci's voice is the best one we could ever think of for songs like these....
great albumSmile
#7 | george_the_jack on December 13 2011 14:29:23
One of the most "advertised" albums of the AOR genre and, deservedly so, I'd say.It certainly makes a good introduction to AOR for anyone having a first contact with this music.
#8 | swazi on April 07 2012 10:58:30
In my book this is a prime example of AOR music. It is an essential purchase for any lover of "our" music.

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