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Survivor - 2006 Reach

ARTIST: Survivor
ALBUM: Reach
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2006
SPONSOR: Frontiers Music


LINEUP: Jimi Jamison - vocals * Frankie Sullivan - guitars, vocals * Chris Grove - keyboards * Barry Dunaway - bass * Marc Droubay - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reach * 02 Fire Makes Steel * 03 Nevertheless * 04 Seconds Away * 05 One More Change * 06 Gimme The Word * 07 The Rhythm Of Your Heart * 08 I Don't * 09 Half Of My Heart * 10 Talkin' Bout Love * 11 Don't Give Up * 12 Home



Not counting Jimi Jamison's Survivor splendid 'Empires', it's been seventeen years since the release of Survivor's last studio album 'Too Hot To Sleep'. It is unclear whether Jim Peterik left the band at the start of the 90's, amid a legal storm and acrimony towards the surviving members. In any case, 'Reach' seems to have breathed new life into what seemed like a band incapable of patching up its own internal tensions, only to carry on their impressive recorded legacy with dignity and style. Little wonder then that Survivor achieved their goal of putting out a lasting release, as 'Reach' sees two core members in Frankie Sullivan and Marc Droubay back in the fold, a second generation member in Jimi Jamison rejoining them, plus two-excellent-newcomers in bassist Barry Dunaway (previously sighted with the Pat Travers Band, Dokken, Saraya and Yngwie J Malmsteen), plus keyboardist Chris Grove. With a well restored center of balance, 'Reach' doesn't disappoint, and in fact.

The Songs
.. there's clearly an aura of magic surrounding the marvellous title track. Marc Droubay's exuberant and incisive drum fills have never sounded so good, Frankie Sullivan's sense of rhythm is as always unmistakable while Jimi Jamison's voice is nearly perfect. The song maintains a very catchy feel from the very start and Frankie Sullivan's solo enhances the emotional factor to the nth power. 'Fire Makes Steel' shows a different tenor. It has been rumoured this song is originally from the recording sessions of an eponymous recording project which remains unreleased to this day. Stylistically, it's very close to the 'Empires' album, with Jamison shining all the way through. 'Nevertheless' is possibly one of the poppier but modern songs on the album, featuring a chorus which has a lot in common with latter-day Night Ranger (refer 'Sign Of The Times' from the 'Seven' album). A welcome surprise for yours truly, but maybe a not so welcome change in the classic Survivor sound for the tout-court traditionalists, nevertheless.. a very good song! 'Gimmie The Word' is another reminder of the 'Empires' glories. A darker, moodier mid-tempo with a stellar performance by Jamison and some seriously scorching riffing by Sullivan. And what about the ballads? 'Seconds Away' and 'One More Chance' will surely stand as reliable indicators of the ups and downs of love circa the beginning of the 21st century and for many years to come!

In Summary
If Toto have delivered one monster album with 'Falling In Between', then 'Reach' stands only half a step below from that. It is a curious move on Frontiers' part to have two all-time AOR heavyweights on their roster, and I have absolutely no clue as to how much Serafino & Co. have invested on 'Reach'. I wouldn't want to get too political but if Toto have so far benefited from lavish promotion work, then Survivor should deserve an equally big and tasty piece of the pie judging by this effort..

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#1 | gdazegod on April 11 2006 02:42:55
Tell me that isn't a Firefall album cover that they've stolen??? lol..
#2 | krokus on April 19 2006 21:40:38
I am very happy with this new album. My fave songs are the first two but i think all the album is great for any SURVIVOR/HARD ROCK fan. BUY OR DIE.
#3 | Luis Julio on October 20 2006 16:10:17
The great return. 10/10
#4 | gdazegod on October 20 2006 21:50:10
10/10? Sorry LJ, this for me, was one of the disappointments of the 2006 year. Shock
#5 | jeffduran on June 03 2008 16:47:39
This wasn't good. I don't understand how anybody could like this over classic Survivor of 1979-1986? Other than 'Talking About Love' and another leftover from 'Fire Makes Steel' demo, thumbs downthis is absolute rubbish imho.
#6 | Jez on January 09 2009 02:19:01
Definately 1-2 fillers ('Home' is pretty awful), but some fine Melodic rock aswell with 'One More Chance' and the excellent 'Talkin' Bout Love' being my picks. Jimi Jamison still sounds great, although the Franke Sullivan sung tracks aren't exactly the best vocals I have ever,although songwise excellent. The whole production is pretty good throughout aswell, although I would have liked a little more 'Balls' in the drum dept. as they are a little thin in places. Overall, pretty good, but could have done a whole lot better.
#7 | AOR Lee on March 15 2013 18:43:38
Looking back a few years on, this is dire stuff. Major disappointment no
#8 | gdazegod on June 02 2013 04:00:06
Still hard to believe that bloke (above comment) gave it a 10/10 rating. yuk
#9 | Carlos Ramirez on September 02 2014 22:32:25
It's sad that 'Reach' would end up being Jimi Jamison's last album with Survivor. It's easily the most uneven moment in their discography.

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