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Street Talk - 2006 V

Goran Edman - vocals
Fredrik Bergh - keyboards
Sven Larsson - guitars
Bjorn Lodmark - bass
Christian Johansson - drums

When Fredrik Bergh decided to take his band Street Talk out of commission after their 2004 album 'Destination', we all thought 'that was it'. All over rover. Like the proverbial Lazarus, Bergh has reunited the band and continued on into 2006 like he's never been away. Well, he has actually. IF you've read up on some of the earlier 2006 reviews, you'll have noticed his name crop up on the Swedish metal project Bloodbound. A very non-AOR band If I've ever heard. Despite their image and music, Bergh is quick to drop the mask in true Lordi tradition, and get back to a semblance of dignity and normality with his ST band mates. The same cast of characters return, particularly striking are seasoned vocalist Goran Edman, and former Xinema guitarist Sven Larsson.

The Songs
Listening to 'V', it really is a repeat dose of many of their former songs rebadged with slightly different arrangements and lyrics. Familiarity like this is a god-send, great easy-on-the-ear listening. The band entertain us with a bouncy energetic opener called 'Responsible', but really.. there are so many great moments here I'd be hard pressed to select a favourite. Whether you like the jangly mid-west radio friendliness of 'Something's Gotta Give', or the deeply hypnotic 'Groundhog Day', there'll be something here for you. Some songs such as 'Sniper' ('Energizer Bunny Part II perhaps?) 'Oh Maddy' or 'At The End Of The Day' hark back to previous album material, you'll be wondering just where you heard it before. On the other hand, Bergh takes us on new journeys with material such as the superb 'Brother Sun And Sister Moon' or the very 80's sounding 'Just A Little Appetizer'. Whatever the case, it's all good to go!

In Summary
I really can't find fault with this album, and to be honest I really wasn't expecting to either. It's one album I will thrash for a few more weeks yet no doubt. Despite the fact that Street Talk aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here, it is lovely to see them back regardless, and reinforces just where the home of AOR is at the moment - Europe. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and if you like pure melodic AOR from a different timezone, then Street Talk should be your bag.


Track Listing:
01 Responsible
02 Don't Believe
03 If I Could
04 At The End Of The Day
05 Family Business
06 Just A Little Appetizer
07 Somethings Gotta Give
08 Groundhog Day
09 Sniper
10 Oh Maddy
11 Brother Sun And Sister Moon


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:13:36
This is how AOR should be presented. Really strong in the song department and an excellent production and mix (essential to this genre IMHO) done by someone who it seems knows what they are doing ( A big pat on the back to Fredrik). I'm also pretty sure this was done on a pretty similar budget to the Vertigo, but care and attention has been put into it and the huge difference in quality is there for all to hear. I have rated ALL the Street Talk discs very very highly so far and this is no different. No, they aren't breaking any new ground at all, but when it is this good I don't care one iota. The Scandies beat the good 'ol US at their own game (Yet Again!)
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