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ARTIST: Los Angeles
ALBUM: Los Angeles
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 339
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michele Luppi - vocals * Frankie De Grasso - drums * Fabrizio Grossi - bass * Gregg Giuffria, Jamie Teramo - keyboards * Tommy Denander, Mordi Hauser, Joey Sykes - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Will Carry You * 02 I Must Be Blind * 03 Thanks To You * 04 Edge Of Forever * 05 Last Chance * 06 Run * 07 When You Think Of Me * 08 One More Try * 09 The Other Side *10 Caroline * 11 Measure Of Man

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.micheleluppi.com


Background
Looks like there is someone else in the rock world other than Frederic Slama who has a love affair with the city of angels. Slama, best known through his band AOR has his music steeped in the tradition of west-coast. Unlike our subject here: Italian vocal god Michele Luppi, who spent a year or two in L.A where he trained at the Vocal Institute Of Technology (VIT to the locals). Luppi, who is better known for his association with Italian power-metallers Vision Divine, does have a softer side to his vocal arsenal, and it was initially through his debut solo album 'Strive' back in 2005 that we first heard him singing in an AOR style, and what a tremendous shock it was too! Being a big fan of the man, it is always interesting to see what he comes up with. Though 'Strive' was primarily a solo effort, his collaborations here on this 'Los Angeles' make this more of a band/project situation, and as such the album has a familiar feel throughout.


The Songs
When I looked at the project lineup I bemoaned the fact the Fabrizio Grossi was involved and was caught handling the production again. Look, I'll admit it.. I am not a fan of his work as are countless others. Unfortunately he is tarnished with a brush beyond repair. Doesn't matter if he eventually produces something decent.. by then it will be too late. This album is saved by the superior vocal talent of Luppi, who sings over a bunch of useful (if not cyclo-styled sounding) tunes, but the drum mix.. I dunno.. is it me or is something not quite right? Anyway, lets have a look at a few of these tracks.. 'I Must Be Blind' is a cover song of which some of you may remember from the excellent debut album from German melodic rocker Ochsenknecht back in 1992. For me the album highlight is the fantastic 'Last Chance', containing some soaring guitar parts from Tommy Denander. 'Run' is another pearler, the fast-paced choruses amplify the song-title to a tee. Really, between Luppi and Denander (who both save this album), these two should go off and do a project together and ignore everyone else. Let's be honest, many of these songs are very good, but they are kinda faceless too, an accusation poked at every AOR band back in 1982. Now some 25 years later, I can kinda see what some the scribes were on about.


In Summary
I didn't dislike this album, but I wasn't overly taken with it either. Too many elements from other similar albums which lends itself to a bit of over-familiarity - despite the uniqueness of Luppi's amazing pipes! For me, this genre is starting to be marginalized to the point of only a handful of players being used for many projects. I'm sorry to say, this is a complaint laid at the feet of Frontiers Music, who it seems, couldn't care less, and keep on recruiting the same people time and again. If this keeps up, the genre is truly on its last legs.


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#1 | Emda on March 15 2008 22:33:25
gdazegod.....disagree 100% with your review!
This is a stunning melodic rock CD and everyone who loved the 80Â's will like it. If you are a Bon Jovi, Diving For Pearls, Valentine or Tyketto fan buy it, you wonÂ't be disappointed!
#2 | gdazegod on March 15 2008 22:51:07
Good on you Emda. You may disagree with me, but yet, you haven't given me any reasons why you think its stunning, where I give you all my reasons as to why I thought it wasn't. Thats a bit unfair don't you think? helpless
#3 | Emda on March 18 2008 21:31:12
George,
maybe itÂ's only listening to an album without any down tuned guitars, this album sounds sooo fresh to my ears. I do also like MicheleÂ's voice, which reminds me of Freddy Curci and doesnÂ't have 'Caroline' something that made 'When IÂ'm With You' legendary? This was by no means an offence to you, IÂ'm a regular visitor of your site and have found many albums on your recommendation.
Keep up the good work
Harald
#4 | gdazegod on March 18 2008 21:47:39
Not at all Harald. Thank you. I love Michele's voice too. That 'Strive' album from 2005 was awesome! My major complaint was with the production.. I'll admit it, I am not a fan of Fabrizio Grossi. stress
#5 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 17:35:15
Nearly excellent album with a sensational singer. My favourite from 2007? Possibly.
#6 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 17:38:51
I think that 'I must be blind' was originally performed by 'Bridge 2 far''.
 
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