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Wauters, Alan (Alliance) - 2005 This Is My Life

ARTIST: Wauters, Alan (Alliance)
ALBUM: This Is My Life
LABEL: Cherry Bomb Records
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Alan Wauters - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, organ * Michael Towers - lead guitar, vocals * Glenn Vance - piano, vocals * Steve Wright, Niall Malcom - bass guitar, vocals * Chris Solberg - bass guitar, organ * Leslie Fradkin - 12 string guitar * Peter Belmonte, Tommy Dunbar, Godfrey Townsend, Steve Coronel - electric guitar * John Cuniberti - drums, percussion * Don Spindt - percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 This Is My Life * 02 Aquariana * 03 Living On The Edge (Of The Day And The Night) * 04 Great Accuser * 05 Looking For Love * 06 Noise And Confusion * 07 Sounds Of Silence * 08 Call It Fate * 09 Friend Of Mine * 10 Troubles (For The Rest Of Your Life) * 11 My Back Pages * 12 Resolution

Alan Wauters, like Aerosmith's Stephen Tyler and Allan Merrill of Runner spent some time weaving in and out of New York baroque pop masters The Left Banke all too brief history. Without proper management and revolving door personnel issues, sadly the order of the day, The Left Banke was a lost cause. From then on Wauters worked his way through a variety of Big Apple area bands, including Lover, a hard rock outfit that gained some notoriety on the local scene as well as recording as Allan Wauters Alliance. Put down on tape between 1974 and 1990, 'This Is My Life' features a stunning who's who of American power pop. Don Spindt and Tommy Dunbar from The Rubinoos, Chris Solberg and John Cuniberti from Eddie Money's band as well as Steve Wright from the Greg Kihn Band who penned one of Kihn's biggest hits 'Jeopardy'. Throw in Glenn Vance and Michael Towers soon to become pop powerhouse duo Vance Or Towers and Steve Coronel formerly of pre-Kiss legends Wicked Lester and you have the potential for a great compilation.

The Songs
The title track is a power pop gem, beating Tommy Tutone at their game six years prior. A fantastic start and the following three tracks run a similar melodic line, but it's the early power pop ballad 'Looking For Love' that really heats things up. Good stuff in the style of Pezband and surprise, surprise - pre-dating Enuff ZNuff as is 'Noise & Confusion' with a killer hook and pure pop brilliance. These two tracks alone are worth the price of the CD. The cover of 'Sounds Of Silence' brings us back to his days with The Left Banke, but the cover of Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages' I could have done without. Never been a fan and I have yet to hear any of his songs covered that I like either, although the closing track 'Resolution' has a familiar Byrds feel about it and saves the day.

In Summary
One black mark on this CD should not deter you from giving it a shot and power pop fans should own 'This Is My Life' no questions asked. Downloads are available on the Cherry Bomb Records web site for those inclined to such things and the CD itself which has just gone back in print (April 2008) and is relatively cheap therefore giving 'This Is My Life' my highest recommendation.

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