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Talk Of The Town - 2000 The Ways Of The World

Thomas Vikstrom - vocals
Antonio Saluena - guitars
Claes Lindstrom - bass
Mats Jacobsson - keyboards
Anders Wetterstrom - drums

Here we have the third installment from Swedish boys Talk Of The Town, a band revered in the timeless tradition of great Swedish AOR. We all remember their classic self titled debut from 1988, and since then, they've been fairly inconspicious by their absence, though we did get the 'Reach For The Sky' album last year. Still revolving around the talented Antonio Saluena and singer Thomas Vikstrom, though this time they've got good friend and resident Toto #1 fan in Tommy Denander to assist with the production duties and some of the guitar. There's quite a few tracks on here (13 in all), total track time is just shy on 60 minutes. So what do we get for our money? An assortment of strident melodic rockers, a good dose of quality ballads, and a few tracks which don't just sit quite right, but thankfully there in the minority.

The Songs
Of course you'll be wanting to check out musicial similarities? For sure, there's a comparison to Journey, Toto, and of course there's Giant (or is that Dann Huff). In fact on one song 'Do Nothing' it's a deadringer for 'I Can't Get Close Enough' from 'Last Of The Runaways'. (Tommy ..does Dann know about this? Ed). The first couple of tracks are not as direct as we could have expected, though they do warm us up for some highlights further on. 'Night Of Fire' is fluffy AOR which harks back to the first album, as does the incredible hooky affair of 'All That You're Good For'. The Denander influence kicks in big time on the sublime ballad 'A Life So Frail', the Toto comparison is fully evident. You'd swear it was Steve Lukather doing the solo! The title track 'The Ways Of The World' is a bright and bouncy rocker' while we get an upbeat modern sounding track 'With A Little Love' where the rhythm guitar sounds subdued. The Giant sound reappears on the fantastic 'Remember' as well as the track 'Love Is All Gone' while another ballad pops out of the woodwork called 'Nothing Lasts Forever', a rich vocal and keyboard tapestry weaving through the soundscape.

In Summary
All in all I am surprised by the quality of most of the material here, and I have no doubt this album is gonna stay in the CD player for quite a while longer. It's obvious that with 13 tracks on offer it's hard to achieve consistency across all of them. And yes, with a few minor exceptions, 'The Ways Of The World' is a wonderfully melodic listen. Definitely if you're into Lukather and Huff guitar histrionics then this one's for you. Well done Tommy and Antonio.

Track Listing:
01 The Rich Get Richer
02 Mainstream
03 Night Of Fire
04 A Life So Frail
05 The Ways Of The World
06 Do Nothing
07 A Matter Of The Heart
08 With A Little Love
09 All That You're Good For
10 Remember
11 Nothing Lasts Forever
12 I Believe
13 Love Is All Gone

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:45:25
Typical Scandanavian Westcost/ AOR release with Tommy Denanders trademark sound all over it. If you like the fabulous first Prisoner release or The Sayit cd's then you won't go wrong

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