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Outrider - 1991 No Way Out

ARTIST: Outrider
ALBUM: No Way Out
LABEL: Prestige
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Larry Hagopian - keyboards * David Flynn - vocals, percussion * Bruce Davidson - guitars * Rick Thibodeau - bass * Billy DiBlasi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mourning Rain * 02 Turn Away * 03 Life's Ballad * 04 Love Is Killing Me * 05 Baby Get Back * 06 I've Been Gifted By Your Love * 07 My Love Will Never Die * 08 There's No Way Out * 09 Bigger Than Blue

Here's another one of these low-key releases that seems to have skipped everyone by on it's way to the bargain bins. Seemingly the project of keyboard ace Larry A Hagopian, who is also a prolific songwriter and producer. Yes, he did the honours on 'No Way Out', and along with the collection of musicians assembled here, they could very well have created the best Toto/ tribute CD ever, without one member of that band getting involved! If you combine the best of early Toto with bits of Beau Coup, then this is where Outrider end up. Thrown into the mix is a bit of gratuitous saxophone, and where called upon lends a bit of colour which gives the album a West Coast sheen.

The Songs
The keyboards and piano are given top billing not surprisingly, but that's not to say everything else is ignored. Far from it. However, opener 'Mourning Rain' is a strange choice to announce the band musically, as the song is not strong, and the overly played saxophone could be off-putting to many listening to this album as an entree. 'Turn Away' sounds so much better, a smoother effort which has a neat chorus that builds nicely. 'Love Is Killing Me' sees the guitar riffs heading down studio alley a la Landau/Lukather. A couple of tracks are killer though. The effortless 'I've Been Gifted By Your Love', is Toto circa 1978/79 it's scary. 'There's No Way Out' has that bombastic element, lots of parping keyboards and is similar to the artist JC, featured elsewhere on G-DAZE. The final track, a ballad called 'Bigger Than Blue' is majestic stuff, beautiful in fact. The solo section in this song is what AOR Dreams are made of.

In Summary
Overall, the album is extremely listenable, without me giving it the superlatives accorded other albums of a similar ilk. Occasionally you'll see it lying around the Internet somewhere. If you like Toto then it's worth checking out, and it certainly will sit very nicely among the rest of your melodic rock CD collection.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:57:40
If you like Toto, then you must have this. Excellent West Coast AOR all the way and a very talented band they certainly were as well. My only complaint is that this is one of those cd's that is way too short being only 32 odd minutes. Very highly recommended if you can find it though.
#2 | Eric on July 05 2008 23:41:34
Toto plagiarism aside, this disc lacks songs. In fact I found it rather blah.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 13:42:58
I have to agree with Eric.The cover promised so much.
#4 | super80boy on January 03 2014 00:40:35
The cover is a bit deceiving (not in a bad way) if you don't know exactly what you are getting into here. I'm a big Toto fan and can most definitely hear the influences. There are a handful of ear pleasing tracks on tap. There are the briskly paced sophisticated melodic rockers 'Mourning Rain' and 'Love Is Killing Me'. 'I've Been Gifted By Your Love' and 'My Love Will Never Die' are well performed big sounding Toto clones. The standout for me would be the grandiose 'Theres No Way Out', huge melodies.
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