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Howell, Kurt - 1992 Kurt Howell

ARTIST: Howell, Kurt
ALBUM: Kurt Howell
LABEL: Reprise
SERIAL: 926937-2
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Kurt Howell - vocals, keyboards, programming

Guests: Michael Omartian, Phil Naish - keyboards, programming * Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Michael Landau, Chris Rodriguez - guitars * Paul Leim - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lets Run With It * 02 We'll Find The Way * 03 Does Love Not Open Your Eyes * 04 I'm Over You * 05 Dedicating Everything To You * 06 Do The Rubber Neck * 07 Labor Of Love * 08 Keep Telling My Heart * 09 Cold As A Stone * 10 Don't Throw Love Away

This is a surprisingly good and consistent album from a prolific songwriter and musician. It has all the hallmarks of professionalism stamped all over it. Bringing together all the best components of west coast, AOR, and studio/session players, the assembled cast deliver the goods on an album given the typical L.A/Nashville treatment by studio wizard Michael Omartian. Some of these songs are exquisite, and feature the most catchiest of choruses you'll ever likely to hear on radio (if radio is prepared to play it that is!). For a reference point, chuck in names like Bill Champlin, Russ Irwin, and Bill Meyers and you'll happily be in the middle ground looking for out of bounds!

The Songs
You could quite easily start looking for flaws in this disk, and you'd be hard pressed to find any. From the Amy Grant flavoured pop of 'Keep Telling My Heart', the deft balladry of 'Does Love Not Open Your Eyes' to the ear candy that is 'Im Over You' and 'Lets Run With It' the quality standard is right up there. 'Dedicating Everything To You' has some similarities to recent Michael Bolton chart material, while the Robert White Johnson (RPM) co-write on 'Cold As A Stone' is impressive too. I think you'll find this is the sort of CD you can play from start to finish and enjoy throughout. No doubt great for dinner parties too, though I'm sure Kurt will balk at that thought!

In Summary
I am hopeful that Kurt hasn't started and ended his solo career with this one fabulous album. Considering I write this piece some nine years after the event, it sure is a good album to have, and easy enough to find on Ebay. If you need an incentive to find it, then let this review be just that..

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#1 | Eric on May 26 2010 12:44:55
Used to find 'drill-hole' copies of this all the time for just a couple dollars. A really nice disc.
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