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9th Street - 1989 The Prayer

ARTIST: 9th Street
ALBUM: The Prayer
LABEL: Bellaphon
SERIAL: 290-07-131
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Mark Applin - vocals * Keith Beauvais - guitars * Kevin Mason - keyboards * Chris Margaray - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feel It * 02 Some Time * 03 The Feelings Gone * 04 The Prayer * 05 Tonight * 06 Nobody Knows * 07 Confusion * 08 Ordinary Man * 09 Sabotage And Secrets * 10 I Heard It Through The Grapevine

For those of you with a liking for hi-tech pop/AOR then a tour up 9th Street might just be your bowl of latte. Signed to Frankfurt based Bellaphon Records, this British outfit play in a similar style to bands such as Channel 5, Modesty, Valet Parking and Go West. There's a bit of Toto to be found here too. Of the personnel, guitarist Keith Beauvais has played with many artists, including Gary Numan, Tom Jones and Take That. The others all have a background in studio work. Their image would seem pitched at the hi-tech dance/pop scene, but a closer listen sees 9th Street taking up position at the gates of AOR and melodic rock. The saxophone work of Chris Margaray also adds hints of Norway's Private Eye.. so all in all, this has all the indications of a promising album. So, how does it stack up?

The Songs
Very well thank you very much! Production values are top-notch, the songs and arrangements are all worthy of a listen, and the whole album hangs together nicely. The lead off tune 'Feel It' is mid-paced AOR with an array of parping synths everywhere. Much better is the seductive and sultry tones of 'Some Time', which apart from the opening strains of saxophone, turns into a Toto tribute of sorts! 'The Feeling's Gone' is straight-forward pop rock with a feelgood chorus; it's followed by an album highlight - the title track 'The Prayer', which also nudges Toto yet again. 'Tonight' is the token sweeping ballad on the album, whereas 'Nobody Knows' is more of their infectious hi-tech pop/AOR with singalong choruses and those parping synths popping up again. Slightly different in feel is 'Confusion', which moves alongside an upbeat tempo - with neat keyboards layers and leads occupying the space. 'Ordinary Man' is probably the rockiest song on the album, Beauvais at last has the chance to shine with some prominent guitar lines. Also very appealing is 'Sabotage And Secrets', which to these ears, sounds very Canadian. Think The Arrows, World On Edge, Jato, Glass Tiger etc. The Ronald Reagan voiceover adds a nice twist! The closer is the well-worn cover of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. I doubt Marvin Gaye will be threatened by this hi-tech pop workout!

In Summary
These days 'The Prayer' is a bit of a rare gem to find. You might occasionally see it on Ebay, so if you do see it, snap it up. As mentioned, I feel this album would benefit those of you who are fans of Go West and Toto, as I feel that 9th Street are a great hybrid of the two.

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#1 | swazi on March 29 2010 22:28:21
This one has been spinning a few times recently at my place. Very nice, indeed!
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