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Sharp Edges - 1983 Slice Of Life

ARTIST: Sharp Edges
ALBUM: Slice Of Life
LABEL: Aquarius
YEAR: 198


LINEUP: Dave Filchak - vocals, guitars * Tom Lang - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Dan Zimmerman - bass * George Klimow - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Edge * 02 Too Young * 03 Runaway * 04 Girl On The Airwaves * 05 Schizophrenia * 06 City Boy

Sharp Edges were a Canadian outfit playing a (sharp) style of pop rock. Released on the Aquarius label (a la April Wine, Teaze, Walter Rossi etc), these guys deliver a sound not unlike what we heard with the American version of Urgent some years later. Stretching the imagination, one can even hear shades of Diving For Pearls within the grooves of this 6 track LP, though in a very poppy sense. The album was produced by Ed Stasium, a name mentioned elsewhere on this site among other album reviews, and with that mind, the production for this reduced album is very very good.

The Songs
Indeed, the Urgent comparison hits home early on the first track 'On The Edge'. Structurally straight-forward, but played with conviction. Even better is the next track 'Too Young', heading down the AOR path with no sign of hesitation. The keyboard attack brings back reminders of fellow Canadians Orphan. Taking the pop rock route is 'Girl On The Airwaves', again with some incisive keyboard bursts and strutting guitars throughout. 'Schizophrenia' is hi-tech and zany, in much the same style as The Tubes. The best is left till last with 'City Boy', high-energy AOR which maintains a steady melodic pulse through to the end. Probably the only track which misses the target is the cover of the Del Shannon staple 'Runaway'. Why they attempted this God only knows.

In Summary
Many years later this LP managed to find its way to CD through an outlet called Barricade Records. In fact, a quick scroll through Ebay saw a few copies scattered around, so it should be easy to track down. I would recommend that you do. Don't be put off by the fact this is only a 6-tracker. Many decent bands have trouble keeping me interested with an album of 12 tracks or more. Sharp Edges to my knowledge, have only released this one effort. If that is the case, what a shame they weren't able to continue. A case of what might have been...

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