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Soleil Moon - 2000 Worlds Apart

ARTIST: Soleil Moon
ALBUM: Worlds Apart
LABEL: MFO Records
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Larry King - vocals * John Blasucci - keyboards, piano * Michael Thompson - guitars * Paul Jackson Jnr - guitars * Ricky Petersen - organ * Warren Hill - saxophones * Lenny Castro - percussion * Kenny Aranoff - drums * London Symphony Orchestra

TRACK LISTING: 01 Willingly * 02 Never Say Goodbye * 03 Ohio * 04 Warm Summer Rain * 05 Worlds Apart * 06 I'd Die For You (intro) * 07 I'd Die For You * 08 You And Me * 09 Calling On The World * 10 I Need You Close To Me * 11 Love Me Like You Used To * 12 What Are You Dreaming


West Coast fans will have cause for celebration with the release of Swedish act Work Of Art's new album. However, I reckon I've found something much for rewarding - and it's certainly a collection of tunes that missed my radar back in 2000 when the thing was originally released. The duo of Larry King (no, not that one!) and John Blasucci joined forces back then to create the duo called Soleil Moon. From different musical backgrounds, the pair have created a simply beautiful collection of tunes that fit into the West Coast genre like hand to glove. From Chicago, John and Larry have enlisted some high-powered assistance to accompany them on 'Worlds Apart', including Michael Thompson, Kenny Aranoff and (believe or not) the London Symphony Orchestra. As their bio points out: 'We are completely and utterly opposite, but together we created this sophisticated form of contemporary music.' Larry is from rock/pop side of the fence, while John was bought up on a diet of jazz. 'Worlds Apart' was a recent discovery for me after reading a review of it on the website (hi Ola, hi Par!), so I took a punt and dispatched my credit card over to CD Baby for a copy of the album. What a great investment!

The Songs
As far as genre's go, Soleil Moon could fit into numerous. Smooth jazz would be one. West Coast another. 80's pop is a good fit too. By now, you would have gathered it crosses all of them comfortably. The production on 'Worlds Apart' is utterly first class, there is a depth to it that disappears out of sight, the soul and emotion displayed on all the songs is a connection very few musicians (let alone a duo) can expect to achieve in a lifetime.

A smooth start is guaranteed with 'Willingly'. It opens the innings along a smooth jazz/AC/vocal path. The Japanese would probably call this West Coast. Take your pick, it's rather nice.

'Never Say Goodbye' heads into Mark Spiro territory. Michael Thompson's distinctive guitar tone and style drives this track along a rock-based theme.

'Ohio' has a dramatic and thematic approach to it. A vocal/piano introduction fuels the fire for an upbeat surge by chorus time, but by songs end we've moved totally into a bombastic symphonic rock cresendo with lead guitar competing with the Orchestra for musical dominance.

For me, the song of the album is the utterly beautiful 'Warm Summer Rain'. The lyrics of the song are so heartfelt, you'd be reaching for the Kleenex before long. The story is about a man struggling to cope with the arrival of his new born baby while grieving for his lost wife. Incredible depth to this one, while the delicate piano work touches all the right places.

Another highlight is the smooth West Coast of the title track 'Worlds Apart', a track very similar to the likes of Kevin McCourt or Rod McInnes. The chorus is an absolute winner on this one.

'I'd Die For You' is another of the powerful but emotive song statements from the duo. Again, restrained intro and verses falls into a chasm of musical bombast by bridge/solo time in the vein of Meatloaf, and it continues right through to its conclusion with orchestra and lead guitars once again battling for supremacy.

'You And Me' is a pop ballad with huge symphonic qualities to it. Having the London Symphony Orchestra as your backing band is an impressive feat don't you think?

'Calling On The World' has a Michael Sembello feel to it, a provocative world theme aimed at stamping out racism.

The tenderness exhibited on the piano duet 'Love Me Like You Used To' is one reserved for the late night headphones, though the lyrics are sad, it's best not to have the spouse around when listening to it.. Lol!

The album finishes with the luscious piano based instrumental 'What Are You Dreaming'.. A perfect closer to a near perfect album.

In Summary
These days, Larry is the head of MFO Entertainment Group while John is involved as a music producer. It's been 7 years since this baby was released. How about another album guys? The world is crying out for another classic selection of songs.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on March 03 2008 11:40:28
Great albummusic
#2 | gdazegod on April 29 2008 10:34:39
This truly is a classy album. The more I listen to it the more I fall in love with it.
#3 | roadrunner158 on January 22 2009 12:06:07
Just bought the CD on EBay based on the review on this site. Great songs (mostly), a world-class singer and great production. Definitly money well spent. You just have to get past the awful cover Smile
#4 | george_the_jack on March 10 2009 00:35:26
Great find George...Where are these musicians now?
#5 | gdazegod on January 22 2012 12:53:11
Larry King is the new vocalist for the MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND, who will release their new CD 'Future Past' during February 2012. Look out for that one!
#6 | george_the_jack on January 23 2012 03:06:21
Looking frorward to it. Loved 1989's MTB as well as this one. Great news!
#7 | Alfie2 on February 23 2012 22:36:30
Hadn't realised until recently that Soleil Moon released another album in 2011 - On the Way To Everything. Digital only I think, but its excellent. A track below:

YouTube Video:
#8 | swazi on November 20 2012 22:52:50
Our friend Ralfster wrote a review about this one a few years ago in the "Rock-it" magazine and that's when I bought it. I believe in 2008. Very VERY good!
#9 | gdazegod on December 04 2015 04:21:24
What is that assembly on Larry's keyboard stand in the YT video above? it's not a synth, I'm sure of it. Is it a flatscreen video monitor maybe? What do you guys think?
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