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Street Talk - 2000 Transition


STREET TALK - TRANSITION (2000, POINT MUSIC)
Fredrik Bergh - keyboards, vocals
Goran Edman - vocals
Sven Larsson - guitars
Mikael Berner - bass
Christian Johansson - drums, percussion


Background
For those fortunate enough to hear Street Talk's earlier works, then you'll know just how good these guys sound. A classy west coast/AOR wet dream, integrating the best bits of Toto, with Journey circa 'Raised On Radio'. Their 1997 debut 'Collaboration' was a superb effort, showcasing the keyboard dexterity of main man Fredrick Bergh, with vocal god Goran Edman adding sublime touches to the arrangements. A great mix of songs too, with 'In The Eyes Of A Woman' standing out for me big time, with its massive Toto style influences a la 'Kingdom Of Desire'.

The Songs
Three years on, and part two arrives in the shape of 'Transition'. Well what do we get second time round? More of the same really. Classy as hell, and the musicianship is as good as it gets from these consummate swedes. Mostly though, there are direct comparisons to material off the debut. There are a few change up moments, a la the Jeff Porcaro shuffle beat drum work in the form of 'I'll Always Remember' as well as 'When You Lose The One You Love'. I've noticed when Goran Edman has sung on other projects such as Brazen Abbot or Kharma that his voice sounds different when compared to doing Street Talk material, to the point that he sounds likes Alfie Zappacosta circa Surrender. It suits him to a tee and long may it continue. My favourite moment would be the luscious 'Need Someone' though the opener 'Someday (I'll Get Over You)' goes close. However, one small gripe. You'd have to say that the majority of the songs sound sort of similar. Whether they be ballads or faster paced rockers, the beat and tempo move at the same speed, and the choruses and solo's arrive on queue. Don't get me wrong, this is a great album, but I kept humming what appeared to be similar hooks all the way through, which says something..

In Summary
I still believe that Street Talk have a winning formula, perhaps though, a bit more tempo and tonal variation will help give their arrangements the icing on what is already a rich cake.

Track Listing:
01 Someday (I'll Get Over You)
02 Need Someone
03 If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
04 Let Me Be The One
05 Always Stand By You
06 Ye Gods And Little Fishes
07 Everything I Do Is Just For You
08 Energizer Bunny
09 Don't Give Up On This Love
10 When You Lose The One You Love

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:12:22
Another great great album and pretty much a continuation from the debut. High Quality WestCoast/AOR Is what you get,and as with the debut,there is some exceptional material on this. Goran Edman puts in another Magical vocal performance with some very nice, subtle playing from all involved. For Westcoast fans this is a must have!.
 
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