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Perahia, Joshua - 2001 Something To Say

Joshua Perahia - guitars
Jerry Gabriel - vocals
Joey Rochrich - bass
Eric Stoskopf - drums

Alex Ligertwood - vocals
Jason Scheff - vocals, bass
Rick Baker - keyboards
Mugs Cain - drums
Martin Gerschwitz - keyboards

Fans of Joshua Perahia's music will be well versed with his prior material, namely the heavy handed affairs that were his albums 'Surrender' and the magnificent 'Intense Defense', both from the 80's. After a stint with the MPire project which did not fare well during 1995, Joshua returns in the new century with this new opus 'Something To Say'. Well, it appears he does indeed have something to say. A musical statement, though not given the same degree of sonic discharge as on those previous efforts. It is a slab of melodic rock lighter than before, but AOR it isn't. For want of a comparison, the closest I can come up with is Big Mouth's 'Hands Of Time' album from 1997. A great album that one. The vocals compare to Larry Leon, while the arrangements and guitar tone also see similarities. The album takes two paths: the lighter and more commercial sounding tracks which feature ex Santana singer Alex Ligertwood, versus the slightly heavier ones with Gabriel singing. In fact with Ligertwood and Scheff appearing, one can't help thinking of the recent Radioactive album 'Ceremony Of Innocence' where both put in appearances. There are moments which do compare.

The Songs
However, I'm not sure the duality adds any value or consistency. Also, the opener 'Remembering You' which was first heard on the 'Intense Defense' album, is given a double workout, both in electric and accoustic versions with Ligertwood doing the honors. Given this is a new album, reworking two versions of an older track (out of the twelve onboard) seems unusual. However that's Joshua's choice ultimately. The title track 'Something To Say' works up some heated energy, while 'I Can Feel Again' starts out with some Neal Schon guitar doodling before settling into a mid-paced groove. 'Precious Love' is a melodic rock beauty, but comparisons to Boston and Brad Delp which have been written about elsewhere are unfounded. Heck, Boston don't even play in this style! 'The First And The Last' is very nice, and played in the same style as Radioactive, with a lush West Coast arrangement. The band start to kick out on the energetic ' Let Your Love Shine Down', a bluesy rock workout. 'Guiding Light' has a european flavour to it and is one of the better hard rockin' tracks. 'Tears Of Joy' has power ballad stamped all over it, again with a blues feel to it, while the organ work is prominent on 'One Night Is Not Enough', effectively another ballad.

In Summary
Despite all these niceties, overall though I came away feeling very underdone about this album. A lot of the songs tend to wash over me but none really stick in my head. Perahia's guitar sound is tempered and restrained, and for those expecting blazing solos a la 'Reach Up' or 'Living On The Edge' from 'Intense Defense', then you'll strike out here unfortunately. It's got a modern sound, but to line it up with many of todays offerings and to compare it favorably, I think you'll be doing a double take.


Track Listing:
01 Remembering You (Elec)
02 Something To Say
03 I Can Feel It Again
04 Precious Love
05 The First And The Last
06 Let Your Love Shine Down
07 Guiding Light
08 It Hasn't Been Easy
09 Tears Of Joy
10 One Night Is Not Enough
11 Steady Weapon
12 Remembering You (Acc)

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