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2Hot4U - 1992 Flame

ALBUM: Flame
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Olaf Baumann - vocals, guitars * Jocken Haller - vocals, keyboards * Jurgen Stauch - bass * Andreas Burvig - keyboards * Peter Krumruck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Peace To War * 02 War To Peace * 03 Flame * 04 To A Friend * 05 You Caught Me * 06 Toca's Tale * 07 Maybe, Diana * 08 A Second Of Weakness * 09 Thunderman * 10 Carina

Ok listen up Saga fans. If you haven't heard of 2Hot4U before, then you will by the end of this review. From southern Germany, this quintent win uncontested - the award for best Saga emulator on the planet! Depending what side of the fence you sit on, you'll either admire their copy-cat skills or dismiss them for lack of originality. From my viewpoint, I am a huge Saga fan anyway, their music at the best of times is complex. If a band like 2Hot4U (dopey name isn't it?) wants to replicate musical arrangements to the Canadians high standards, then they should be commended for doing so. Just imagine going to a concert where 2Hot4U was the support band while Saga were the headliners. Apparently this has happened, when Saga were on tour in Germany during the early 90's. That would've been interesting. I wonder what Messrs Sadler and Crichton would've thought of that?

The Songs
The opening salvoes of 'Peace To War' which seques into its companion piece 'War To Peace' is a primetime pomp. A great introduction to the band. It's like taking a walk back to the 'Silent Knight' era of Saga when you listen to the title track 'Flame'. Classic stuff. 'To A Friend' takes on a radio friendly spin, but the next 'You Caught Me' is a mish-mash of styles, the vocals a bit on the coarse side for my liking. 'Tocas Tale' is a return to a more appealing style of light pomp, not as full-on as 'War To Peace'. The tempo is raised for 'Maybe, Diana' - this track is full of string plucks and stinging guitar runs, with the occasional brass stab. Nice. Though 'A Second Of Weakness' is a ballad, the mid and solo sections are a standout. Apart from the keyboard and guitar solos, 'Thunderman' didn't move me a great deal. The closer 'Carina' is much better, bordering on 80's Swedish styled poppy AOR in the vein of Bad Habit, with tappy pianos and a raft of vocal choruses and the ever present guitars.

In Summary
The band released a follow-up two years later called 'Unlock Your Mind'. having not heard that album, critics say it is on a par with 'Flame', so no doubt I should be trying to lay my hands on a copy. For me, 'Flame' is an enjoyable record. The Saga comparisons are oh so obvious, though in some cases they lack the finesse which made their heroes a long term success story. Still, when it's played this well, we'll forgive them their trespasses..

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 15:56:32
I confess I had two of their CDs.I listened to them many times but I never remembered anything.I bought both for 200 dollars but sold them to the guy who appreciated Bob Halligan Jr far more than I had the decency to back in the day.I must confess having heard many SAGA-albums leaving me with indifference too.Oh dear! Insert smiley of your choice
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