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Garbo Talks - 1998 Garbo Talks



ARTIST: Garbo Talks
ALBUM: Garbo Talks
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 199666
YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jon Gorman - vocals * Guitars - Paul Stanley, Tony Bruno, Andy Timmons, Bruce Kulick, Steve Thomas, Paul DiMartola * Keyboards - Al Greenwood * Bass - Bob Held, Gary Taylor * Drums - Kenny Dramme, Vinnie Conigliaro, Chuck Bonafante, Eric Carr * Backing vocals - Jon Gorman, Paul Stanley, Bob Held

TRACK LISTING: 01 Only Love * 02 Hard Times * 03 This Could Be The Night * 04 Elenah * 05 Give You My Lovin' * 06 Standing In The Same Room * 07 Fire Me Up * 08 Foolish Heart * 09 Easy Come Easy Go * 10 I Live For You * 11 Game Of Love


Background
Here's a New York project with every man and his dog turning up with a food bowl to play. Showcasing the vocal talent of singer Jon Gorman, plus contributions from a list of who's who. These include previous or current members of Kiss, Balance, Saraya, Danger Danger, Foreigner, and Steeplechase. You see the names above.. I'm sure you can work out who comes from where. The music is eighties AOR bought forward ten years into the future. Very stereo-typical of the genre, but it sounds OK from where I sit. The most obvious comparison for me would be a band like Surgin or Airkraft, but with better production, and stronger songs.


The Songs
Gorman certainly has got a great set of pipes, and carries off all of these songs with ease. The opener 'Only Love' is 'play by numbers' AOR, similar to Joe Lynn Turner's classic 1985 'Rescue You' opus. 'Hard Times' is a deadringer for Surgin, they should've had a patent. 'This Could Be The Night' ventures into power ballad territory with effective results - a great song. A couple of tracks through the middle don't quite hit the mark for me - 'Fire Me Up', 'Standing In The Same Room' and 'Elenah' sound like they've turned off the effects during the mixdown process, sounding flat by comparison to the others. Towards the end of the album we get the awesome 'I Live For You', which has a Led Zeppelin type intro, before launching into a furious melodic rock workout with booming drums, cutting guitars and the obligatory vocal gymnastics. The chorus however, is a bit weak, however I'll let that one slide.


In Summary
An OK album, but die-hard followers of the genre will probably only just give this one a pass mark. Along with New Jersey's Departure, Garbo Talks is one of the better late nineties AOR efforts to have emerged, though just exactly what Mr Gorman is doing now is anyone's guess. Get a new deal son!


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