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Heartplay - 2004 Where The Dead Ends Meet

Kimmo Blom - vocals
Tuomas Wainola - guitars
Kalle Torniainen - drums
Simo Saastamoinen - bass
Sakari Salli - keyboards

A fine example of West Coast/AOR originating out of Finland. Heartplay, the band, originated in 1997 and featured among their alumni, the future Urban Tale singer Kimmo Blom. Between him and keyboardist Sakari Salli, the band took shape right up until the year 2000, and blessed us with a lovely self titled album in 2001. That album (reviewed here at GLORY-DAZE refer link below) caused a bit of a stir when it was posthumously released in 2003, the band sounding like a glorious mix of Street Talk, Michael Learns To Rock and Toto. Their latest effort 'Where The Dead Ends Meet' is more in keeping with Street Talk, this bunch have obviously had a listen to 'Destination' as this is so similar, though Toto also rears it head.

The Songs
That Street Talk comparison kicks in early with 'Don't You Ever Fall', all too familiar to fans of Bergh and Edman. Hard hitting ivories open the door on the tune 'That Kind Of Girl', Wainola pinching a few notes out of Sven Larsson's bag of six-stringed tricks. Ballads come sooner rather than later with the pairing of 'Never Again' and 'Tempted', but the pure AOR of 'Grateful' time-warps us straight back to 1982, as does the Toto like west-coast of 'If There's A Way'. Both fantastic reminders of a time gone by. The band go all retro with the seventies funk of 'Silhouettes', which has a smooth R&B/jazz glide .to it. Funk is also inclusive in 'Running Man', but more along the lines of the aforementioned Toto. The album ends with the smooth AOR of 'Bridges Burning', with a ton of vocal overdubs and keyboard layers.

In Summary
'Where The Dead Ends Meet' is a far more consistent album than its predecessor. As much as I liked that first Heartplay album, it was quite a mixed bag compared to this one. However, both are worthy fish of landing in your CD collection. As at 2006, Heartplay (and come to think of it.. Urban Tale as well) are in a state of stasis, but hopefully we'll be graced by some more music from this very talented combo in the near future.

Track Listing:
01 Dont You Ever Fall
02 That Kind Of Girl
03 Never Again
04 Grateful
05 Tempted
06 This Time
07 Silhouettes
08 If There' A Way
09 Running Man
10 Bridges Burning

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:01:34
I absolutely loved the debut cd 'The Album' from a couple of years ago, so was really looking forward to this.While not quite as good as the mighty debut this is still mighty fine Westcoast/AOR. The opening 4 tracks are killer - very Toto in places. Track 5 'Tempted' i'm still not sure about as i have heard Kimmo sing alot better ballads with Urban Tale. The rest of the album is slightly lighter, with definate Steely Dan references in some of the tracks.
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