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Aurora - 1990 On The Edge



ARTIST: Aurora
ALBUM: On The Edge
LABEL: North Star Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Alexandra Michele - vocals * Lyle Ronglien - guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion * Lowell Ronglien - bass * Scott Hunt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Edge * 02 Your're So Cold * 03 I Want Your Love * 04 Passion * 05 Backseat Lover * 06 Heartbreaker * 07 Redlight Romantic * 08 As Roses Fall * 09 White Liar * 10 Bach In A

WEBLINKS: www.theguitar.net/aurora.htm


Background
From Seattle, Aurora should appeal to those of you with a thing for female fronted 80's hair metal. Fans of Vixen, Femme Fatale and Witness should like this bunch, and despite the efforts of chief warbler Alexandra Michele, the real star of the show is main-man Lyle Ronglien, who also produced the album well. Though this is an indie, Ronglien has made this thing sound like a million bucks, no complaints about the production.


The Songs
Probably the best known track on the album is the opening title track 'On The Edge'. Certainly if you've hung out at websites such as the defunct L.A Nites or AOR-FM you would have heard this band. In the same vein is 'Backstreet Lover', which is fast-moving melodic rock with some excellent guitar lines from Ronglien. When they slow it up on a ballad such as 'As Roses Fall', the delicate vocals from Alexandra Michele take center-stage. Euro bands such as Perfect Crime or Blonde On Blonde are reference point on tracks such as 'Redlight Romantic' and 'White Liar', while the last track 'Bach In A' is a near 7 minute instrumental which kinda seems out of place on the album. Perhaps this should've been a contender for a Mike Varney US Metal series album instead?


In Summary
According to the brief website snippet on Lyle's website (URL below) it says the album is getting a re-release, mind you this snippet has been on the website for some time, so only time will tell whether this prophecy comes true. As only very few original copies were made available at the time, I would say this would be a most welcome surprise to collectors in the current day. In the meantime, check out some of Lyle Ronglien's other achievements on his website.


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#1 | super80boy on October 25 2015 18:13:45
This is a stellar one off private female fronted melodic rock CD, and quite rare! All songs are solid with big production values and even bigger guitars courtesy of Lyle Ronglien. Alexandra Michele does a bang up job as the lead vocalist. The title song is a killer cut, but there's a bunch more, 'You're So Cold', 'Backstreet Lover' and the hard rockers 'Redlight Romantic' and 'White Liar'. The band ventures into a more dance vein with the incessant pumping of 'I Want Your Love', but it's still a satisfying tune. Highly Recommended.
 
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