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Wagner, Jack - 1993 Alone In A Crowd

ARTIST: Wagner, Jack
ALBUM: Alone In A Crowd
SERIAL: 73333-35853-2 5
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Jack Wagner - vocals

Guests: Dave Koz, Steven Dubin, Mitchell Dubin, Kevin Savigar, Tim Heintz, Paula Irvine, Paul Warren, Tim Pierce, Josh Sklar, Mikal Reid, John Pierce, Tal Bergman, Paulhino DaCosta, Mike Baird, Randy Waldman, Glen Ballard, Basil Fung

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Is On Your Mind * 02 Krystal Blue Persuasion * 03 It's My Baby Too * 04 Heart On The Line * 05 (You're The) Only One Who Knows * 06 Love Don't Come Easy * 07 Stay Where You Are * 08 Part Of Me * 09 To Be Mine * 10 Keeper Of Your Name


What is it with all these actors/actresses pretending to be AOR/West Coast artists? I could name a zillion of them. Makes one wonder where their true talent lies. What can be said is everytime they release an album, it's not unusual for it to come with all the trimmings, as is the case with this here Jack Wagner album, which features a cast of thousands - literally. Ol' Jack, best remembered for poking his nose into places he wasn't supposed to as Dr Peter Burns on Melrose Place, was of course a singer from way back. If you like your music sunny-side up from AOR/West Coast Cafe of L.A, then Jack will deliver. Best comparison is a contemporary like Mark Williamson, though the music is mainly ballad-based, with a high-tech flavour. 'Alone In A Crowd' contains lots of percussive pieces, bringing to mind the work heard on the one and only Roscoe Martinez album. His voice is adequate in places, but has problems stretching out on the high notes, sounding thin and somewhat strained.

The Songs
As a consequence, only a couple of songs stand out for me, most unfortunately wash over ignaminiously. There's lots of saxophone courtesy of Dave Koz, and considering we've got some guitar hot-shots in Tim Pierce and Basil Fung, it's a shock not to hear them stand out more. Most of the material has been written by Wagner, and producers Jeffery Pescetto and Steven Dubin. The Planet 3 duo of Clif Magness and Glen Ballard also participate, but even their greatness could not save this album from mediocrity. 'Heart On The Line' (perhaps the greatest hackneyed AOR songtitle ever?) tries hard, and is propped up by the smooth as silk ballad '(You're The) Only One Who Knows'. Meanwhile, 'Stay Where You Are' is a Magness/Ballard effort, melodic as ever but spoilt by Wagner's weak vocal toward the end. The rest of the tracks are 'so so' and don't do a great deal for me I'm afraid.

In Summary
As a supporter of this style of music, I can only say that this is a complete letdown. Fans of the genre should stick to tried and true geniuses of the field such as Richard Marx, Tim Feehan, Chris Eaton and David Pack. I rest my case.

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#1 | richardb on February 26 2014 20:57:59
Agree with you George, this is an extremely bland offering.thumbs down

'Don't give up you day job' is his best album IMHO, though it's probably a more appropriate title for this album given how poor it is...
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