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Talisman - 1994 Humanimal



ARTIST: Talisman
ALBUM: Humanimal
LABEL: Empire
SERIAL: RCD 1005
YEAR: 1994
CD REISSUE: 2003, GMR, RTCD007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Scott Soto - vocals * Marcel Jacob - bass, rhythm and acoustic guitars * Frederik Akesson - lead and rhythm guitars * Jamie Borger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 3233 Colour My XTC * 02 Fabricated War * 03 Tainted Pages * 04 TV Reality * 05 Seasons * 06 All + All * 07 D.O.A.P.S. * 08 Blissful Garden * 09 Lonely Garden * 10 Delusions Of Grandeur * 11 Since You've Been Gone * 12 Humanimal * 13 Doin' Time Wit My Baby * 14 Hypocrite

WEBLINKS: www.jeffscottsoto.com


Background
I was (and still am) a huge fan of Talisman's debut from 1989, it's an album packed with quality songs and damn fine musicianship. Their second outing, 'Genesis' was not without its merits. Neither album, though, would prepare any of us for Talisman's third studio album!


The Songs
When I first heard 'Humanimal' it was like being hit in the head with a baseball bat. The opening bottom-end funk grooves of 'Color My XTC' suggested that the band had moved on musically since 'Genesis'. The opening track in particualar shows more of an allegiance with the 'positive mental-funk octopus' of the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the Whitesnake elements within Talisman's earlier work. JSS is in fine vocal form, as always, and the lead guitar work from Frederik is not to be missed. 'Fabricated War' is more rooted in an old-school sound, reminiscent of the best songs from the band's debut, so despite moving on to new musical pastures, most of 'Humanimal' can still be easily recognised as Talisman. 'Seasons', although funky, is a little lighter and has a great chorus which is probably the closest Talisman will ever get to AOR. It has more in common with Jeff's work on Takara. 'D.O.A.P.S.' features a rumbling bass which I'm sure would clock in at about 7 on the Richter Scale (how does Marcel get that sound?!!) and another grade-A solo from Frederik. Another chorus-driven number, this is the band at their best. 'Blissful Garden' ..blissful? Personally, I'd have called it 'Heavy As F**k Garden'. A killer riff, powerhouse rhythm section and great performance from JSS - who could ask for more? A tip - crank it up. If it can't be heard from the end of your street, it's not loud enough. Just make sure your speakers can handle it. 'Delusions of Grandeur' comes on like Extreme's aggressive second cousin and more than passes muster. 'Since You're Gone', the obligatory ballad, is acoustic and shows off Talisman's more sensitive side, while the title track re-visits 'Fabricated War' territory and the Talisman sound of old.


In Summary
There are lots of musical highlights here - the album has very few weak moments (if any). With 'Humanimal', Talisman re-wrote the book and earned themselves a definite place in melodic rock history. A fantastic album, though definitely not one for the purists.


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#1 | rostoned on July 01 2008 18:28:39
Very good indeed. JSS is a master and highlt inspired playing from his partners in crime too.
#2 | sabace on August 03 2008 16:32:12
really superb!
 
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