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Joal - 1989 Joal

LABEL: WEA Germany
SERIAL: 244 965-2
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Joal - vocals * Tommy Newton - guitar, bass * Kai Reuter - guitar * Tommy Hansen - keyboards * Gero Drneck, Ulli Heicher - bass * Rudi Kaeding, Philippe Candas - drums * Robin Mcirish, Charlie Huhn - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock That City * 02 Turn The World Around * 03 All Or Nothing * 04 Looking For The Line * 05 Stand Up * 06 Queen Of The Night * 07 Barracuda * 08 Feels Alright * 09 We Wanna Dance * 10 It's Got To Be You * 11 Don't Miss The Turn

Joal is a German female rocker from Hannover, who sings with a ton of grit, and a backing ensemble to make the best German hard rock band cringe in fear. Actually, most of these guys on this album come from other Hannover based bands such as Fargo and Victory, drummer Phillipe Candas has worked with Fair Warning while keyboardist Tommy Hansen has been involved with Helloween, Pretty Maids and more recently, doing production work for Escape Music. Joal herself, has been a session singer mainly, but got her just reward with a record deal courtesy of WEA Germany.

The Songs
When you venture into Joal's CD with the opener 'Rock That City', you have a very good idea as to where she is heading. It has the same dynamics as that fantastic one-off album by Witness. Following on from that is the rather 'big' sounding 'Turn The World Around', and despite the acoustic intro, this one rocks big time, not unlike a tamer Saints And Sinners. Joals gives us a power ballad with the atmospheric 'Looking For The Line'. It shifts course several times but holds firm as a tried and true 80's anthem. Talking of anthems 'Stand Up' is exactly that, with Joal vocally taking on an Ann Wilson style. As with all things Heart, a cover of their huge classic rock hit 'Barracuda' is admirable and very
N/A metallic sounding, but it isn't a touch on the original, as can be expected. 'Feels Alright' starts with a traditional blues workout, unfortunately it doesn't improve over time. Meanwhile 'We Wanna Dance' is very typical of Euro rock with female vocals. Think of bands like Blackburn, Lakehurst and Xpress and it's all very smiliar. Things improve with the essential 'It's Got To Be You', containing a memorable series of hooks and chorus.

In Summary
All in all, a worthwhile addition to the collection, particularly for fans of hard-edged female fronted rock. It does have its moments. Her follow up from 1993 called 'Who's Got The Feeling' is a retrograde step backwards however. The Sass Jordan come Alannah Myles influenced direction is a complete disaster in my opinion. it contains more blues-oriented swaggers than I'd care to listen to. She should've stuck with the firebrand approach demonstrated on this album. She would've been much better off!

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 05 2009 20:03:58
I am having a hard time finding this either in CD form or in the digital realm. Currently on ebay, there are two LPs of this for $24 and $22. It seems to be available on some of those foreign MP3 site that I don't fully trust. Any ideas on how to get a hold of this, or at least listen to some samples?
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 21 2009 16:10:29
I downloaded this a couple of weeks ago, and overall, it is pretty good stuff. It is not as consistent as the top female-fronted albums out there, but some songs reach that upper pinnacle (for me, those would be 'All Or Nothing', 'Queen Of The Night', and 'It's Got To Be You' ). All the songs are varying degrees of good, though. The album I downloaded doesn't contain those last two tunes. Glad to have this as part of my collection.
#3 | jefflynnefan on July 03 2010 00:53:55
Is this as good as 'We Want It' by Laos? I thinking about tracking this down.hmm! It sounds worth it.
#4 | gdazegod on July 03 2010 01:11:56
Compared with Laos, on a par, perhaps a touch heavier in places. Not as consistent though. Some tracks on this CD are very very good. Pity her 1993 follow up is rubbish.
#5 | jefflynnefan on July 03 2010 04:03:17
Thanks George! I know where a copy is so I'm going to grab it. Been listening to some female rockers for a couple of weeks now- Laos, Femme Fatale, Witness, etc...
#6 | jeffrey343 on July 04 2010 21:08:02
I agree with George on the comparison to the Laos album.
#7 | gdazegod on July 28 2013 02:43:32
Having just reviewed 'Who's Got The Feeling', I may have been a bit harsh of my criticism toward that album, especially what I wrote here.. lol.. oops..
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