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Miles, Jay - 2005 9 Hours


JAY MILES - 9 HOURS (2005, MTM MUSIC)
Jay Miles - vocals
Steve Lukather - guitars
Michael Thompson - guitars
Neil Stubenhaus - bass
Robbie Buchanan - keyboards
CJ Vanston - keyboards


Background
I don't know about you guys, but I've been really getting into this album. After a few rounds doing the power metal thing recently, it was quite nice to sit back and relax to an album like this. Just who the hell Jay Miles is, I haven't the foggiest, but after this effort, he is now locked into the GDAZE Radar, which can only be a good thing. In fact, Jay Miles is the alter ego of Swiss singer Jurg Eichmann. I guess the world is not ready for Jurg Eichmann to make it big in much the same way as fellow Swiss compatriot Roger Federer has. The only other Swiss icons I can think of are Movenpick and Tobelerone, and they can both be consumed as easily as this lovely effort '9 Hours'. Eichmann moved to the USA in 1994 after a few stints with European acts Girlfriend and Steamtrain. Through his musical associations over there, was able to call upon many top-flight musicians to turn up for his '9 Hours' album. The music is suitably a demonstration of melodic AOR/West Coast, the overall sound a perfect accompaniment with a perc of coffee; either for late night or early morning rising music.

The Songs
Onto the songs, and definitely the album opener 'Everlasting Love' is as beautiful as you will ever hear in this genre. The smooth jangly guitar lines similar to a couple of those great songs off that wonderful On The Rise album a few years back. Mellowing out to 'Sendin' All My Love' is very easy to do. Simple and overly melodic.. a perfect blend indeed, in much the same way as a perfect coffee. Going even deeper into levels of mellowness is 'Grandpa's Chair', melodrama and balladry combined, while 'I Can't Make You Love Me' is as gentle as a feather-duster on your tush!!. Another favourite is 'Still Believe In Love' which contains a faster approach, with varying layers of dense guitars throughout. A ton of vocal harmonies here too. A couple of tracks don't quite work for me: 'What About Us' is one of those, the over-emphasis on R&B/gospel backing vocals slightly offputting, while 'I Don't Want To Hold You' suffers from being an inferior follow-on to the aforementioned superior 'Everlasting Love'. Apart from that minor quibble, it all sounds repeat-playable.

In Summary
Let's not forget that this is a lightweight pop/AOR/West Coast effort, and will appease fans of that lighter persuasion. For me, a track like 'Everlasting Love' is one out of the bag, one of my fave songs for 2005 without doubt. Fans of Radioactive, Sko/Torp and On The Rise take a peak at Jay Miles. You will get a few cups of coffee out of this for sure..

URL: www.jaymiles.com

Track Listing
01 Everlasting Love
02 I Don't Want To Hold You
03 Safe
04 Angel
05 Lonely
06 Still Believe In Love
07 What About Us
08 Sendin' All My Love
09 Back On The Street
10 Grandpa's Chair
11 I'm Still Breathin'
12 I Can't Make You Love Me
13 Lonely (soul mix - bonus track)

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:32:48
If top notch Westcoast is your thing then read on, as this is one hell of a good album. 'Everlasting Love' kicks things off with its smooth grooves, and given half a chance (which it won't) has Hit written all over it. 'I Can't Make You Love Me' has always been a mega ballad and the version here does the song justice, although Bonnie Raitt's version just edges it. Quality songs,production & playing (check out the names involved) round off one top release.
 
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