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AOR - 2006 L.A Attraction

ALBUM: LA Attraction
SERIAL: 0681-153
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Frederic Slama - guitars, keyboards * Vocals - Philip Bardowell, Dane Donohue, Rick Riso, J.Lynn Johnston * Guitars - Tommy Denander, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Peter Friestedt, David Williams * Keyboards - Tommy Denander, David Diggs, Peter Friestedt, Marcos Udeba, Tobias Marberger * Joey Heredia - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 How Could I Forgive Her * 02 Don't Ever Say Goodbye * 03 One More Chance * 04 Like An Open Book * 05 The House Of Love * 06 Tears In The Rain * 07 I Won't Give Up On You * 08 The Spark Of My Soul * 09 Last Chance At Love * 10 L.A Winds * 11 Give A Little Love * 12 Lost In Your Eyes



Previously I never found the time to investigate Frederic Slama's AOR. I should slap myself with a wet bus ticket, as the man has had a heap of albums, and with a name such as AOR.. well, who I am to argue the merits of a tremendous band name! So, you know what? I took time out to investigate some of the back catalogue as part of my West Coast/AOR refamiliarisation, and I came away impressed. This is now his fifth album, but this is the first for MTM Music. The line-up is as impressive as that which we've seen with Tommy Denander's Radioactive project, and I quite looked forward to this album as a result. I guess comparison wise, 'L.A Attraction' is not as west-coast oriented as some of those earlier albums. The album taking on an edgy hard rock/AOR tinge instead. Whether that's a good thing or not I'm not sure. I've been on a diet of AOR for a while now, and I was looking forward to something slightly different, but thats not to say I am not unhappy with what I'm hearing. Far from it. What we get is similar to Radioactive and Toto, while the songs and production are top-notch.

The Songs
Slama and co take us on a ride of equisite mid-tempo numbers such as the power-ballad 'Like An Open Book', the gorgeous instrumental 'Lost In Your Eyes', or the slow seductive jazz/pop of 'Give A Little Love'. Variety is on display without a doubt. For the rockers among you, take solace that tunes such as 'How Could I Ever Forgive Her' and the excellent 'L.A Winds' keep the balance in check. But really, other great tunes like the piano laced 'House Of Love', or the warmth of the earthy sounding 'The Spark Of My Soul' add to what is already a compelling CD.

In Summary
One listen to 'L.A Attraction' will keep you occupied for a while. While you are at it, see if you can track down the other AOR albums. But a word of caution, if you ask for AOR records in particular, don't be surprised to get funny looks from people, otherwise they might suspect that you are trying to acquire all the great AOR records from the past, not just from the band called AOR! And that could have severe repercussions on your bank balance..

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:52:17
The best AOR release to date probably due to Tommy D's massive influence. If you like the Radioactive releases, then this one will be right up your alley. Whilst not quite as good as those ('Taken' Especially) it ain't far off quality wise either.
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