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Balanx - 1987 One



ARTIST: Balanx
ALBUM: One
LABEL: Ariola
SERIAL: 258 438
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE:
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LINEUP: Theo Hart - vocals * Louis - keyboards * Mannie Hart - keyboards * Peter Altinger - drums

Guests: Dieter Schleib, Roland Menzel, Eric De Mena, Walter Rauscher - guitars * Elmar Schmidt - cymbals * Paul Tieze, Syne - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 When A Paradise Burns * 02 I Belong * 03 Don't Touch My Heart * 04 No Quiet Life * 05 Set My Heart Free * 06 Never Can Forget You * 07 Runnin' * 08 Nothing's Comin' In * 09 Love * 10 No Quiet Life


Background
Balanx are a German outfit from the same school of melodic rockers as Craaft and Channel 5. Very hi-tech, and a ton of keyboards to boot. You would think so with two keyboardists in tow, among the members who come from a session musician background in Germany. Though the album features a slew of musicians, the album is primarily all about keyboards and synths. The singer Theo Hart has a distinctive accent but it doesn't really detract at all, and the music itself varies between synth-driven melodic rock and a pompy style of AOR.


The Songs
Things sound extremely promising on the opener 'When A Paradise Burns'. Superb keys give this track a big tick. Smooth AOR is the order of the day with 'I Belong', whereas 'Don't Touch My Heart Again' powers along on a wheel-base of synths, though the helium induced vocal pirouette toward the end, sounds a lot like backward masking. Clever and different! The fourth track is the pick of the tracks here I reckon. A powerful driving arrangement, with big guitars and spiky keyboards. This would sound awesome on a high quality stereo system. The fast paced 'Set My Heart Free' is another enjoyable track, though the arrangement is kinda busy, the production on this one is a stand-out. 'Never Can Forget You' is a parpy synth workout with a good chorus while 'Runnin' does more walking than running in a musical sense, the intro and initial verses taking a while to get going. The pairing of 'Nothing's Comin' In' and 'love' are the two weakest tracks on offer, while the closer is an edited remix of the albums best moment 'No Quiet Life'.


In Summary
As a melodic rock fan you'll be swayed to either love this album or hate it. Guitar lovers won't get much out of it while keyboard lovers will. Judging from prices seen on Ebay and inquiries made about it, my guess is that listeners are still interested in seeking this out. The last bidding war I got in over this album the price went out to $70. From my perspective as a lover of keyboards it's a great album from that angle, but at $70 even I draw the line.. Fans of the band Craaft should be seeking this out immediately.


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#1 | swazi on January 08 2010 13:57:54
Well, I am one of those who love this album. Great Hi-Tech AOR! And I must have been lucky, because I definitely didn't pay $70 for it.
#2 | Eric on July 24 2011 15:11:10
eBay prices for this and so much other hi-tech stuff are out of hand, but agree with Bernd- a very good album and one I would like to see reissued.
#3 | swazi on November 10 2013 13:11:36
Just listened to this one again in my car and I must admit that I was a little put off by the german accent (and that being a German myself ... Wink Great tunes nevertheless!
 
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