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Xenon - 1995 Simple



ARTIST: Xenon
ALBUM: Simple
LABEL: Vision America
SERIAL: 00925-10032-7
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joey Fiamingo - vocals * Bob Specht - guitars * Joe Kosa - bass * Tony Capobianco - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Am I The One? * 02 The Day You Let Go * 03 One Look * 04 Feels Like Home * 05 China Sky * 06 Lay Me Down * 07 Overnight Sensation


Background
I have to say this to get it off my chest.. 'I love this band'. From New Jersey, yet again another talent from this musical hotbed of the USA. Band leader Joey Fiamingo is one talented dude, and this band have numerous fans around the world. Born out of the shell of classic melodic rock/AOR, Xenon had what it took to be huge, but they remained an indie outfit despite their best efforts. What a shame, as they had class material that would have blown many of the bands on major labels at the time, clean out of the water! Xenon had released the excellent 'Americas New Design' opus in 1989, so we didn't get 'Simple' for another seven years following. They changed styles a bit, moving away from a harder style of rock, to one that's more tempered with melodic and AOR overtones.


The Songs
'Simple' only has seven tracks, but what quality tracks they are. Opening up 'Am I The One?' which hints at their previous harder style. They let us in with the gorgeous 'The Day You Let Go', a killer slow to mid-tempo burner, with some soulful guitars and dreamy keyboards over the top. Melodies abound on 'One Look', sort of similar to Tall Stories material. Piano stabs and chugging guitars greet us on the exceptional 'Feels Like Home'. This is followed by the mesmerising ballad 'China Sky', a favourite song of Ted Poley's I understand. My fave track is the heavier 'Lay Me Down', full of pent up energy and guitar overdrive. The closing 'Overnight Sensation' has a lot of similarities with bands such as Network and Hit The Ground Runnin', and others of that same ilk. Grand listening, and this one particular song does fluctuate between slow and mid pace, as well as soft and hard.


In Summary
Your chances of picking this up are very rare I'm afraid, unless you live locally in the NJ area. But I would recommend you do put it on the wants list. Still after all this unrewarded effort, Xenon released a further EP in 1998 called 'Defying Gravity'. Oh what could have been.


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#1 | swazi on November 21 2011 14:04:37
Maybe not so difficult to get their CD's, even "Simple". Try here: http://www.xenono...merch.html

Good luck! Smile
#2 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 13:10:46
Xenon - 1995 China Sky
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