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Urgent - 1987 Thinking Out Loud



ARTIST: Urgent (USA)
ALBUM: Thinking Out Loud
LABEL: EMI/Manhattan
SERIAL: 46680-1 (LP), CDP 7 46680-2
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2011, AOR Heaven, AORHC0014

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Kehr - vocals, guitars * Don Kehr - vocals, keyboards * Yul Vaz - guitars * Klyph Black - bass * Steve Kehr - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pain (Love Is A Victim) * 02 Shot In The Dark * 03 I Can't Take It No More * 04 If This Is Love * 05 Always Be There * 06 Running Back * 07 Extra Extra * 08 Turning The Knife * 09 Give 'Em Enough Rope * 10 Inch By Inch * 11 All Over The World


Background
This is part two of the Urgent story. This version of Urgent is the American one, not the Canadian one. Formed around the Kehr brothers, many of you will remember their debut album 'Cast The First Stone', and prior to that album, they were the band Sterling, a seminal melodic power pop/rock band from 1980 or thereabouts. I totally loved Urgent's first album, and was pleased to find it re-released during 2007. Unlike 'Thinking Out Loud', which has difficulty in reaching the same lofty heights as its predecessor, though for an AOR release, it does have a level of AOR purity about it as well as good production. It's just that most of the songs don't hit the spot for me. It's uncertain why the band took three years to release a follow-up, my guess is that record label politics had a hand in their career path, and so by 1987, Urgent were still with EMI (albeit side-label Manhattan), sitting alongside labelmate Richard Marx who was blazing the charts with his debut album.


The Songs
The album starts out reasonably enough with 'Pain (Love Is A Victim)'. Guaranteed AOR for sure, with all the right ingredients except for the lyrics and catchpoint chorus, which is lacking something. The solo spot is interesting: sort of like Queen meets Russia. 'Shot In The Dark' is one of the better tracks here, with its Honeymoon Suite vs Meatloaf flavour shining through (excuse the pun). Racing along at a faster pace is 'I Can't Take It No More'. Check out the video for this below. 'If This Is Love' stutters along in mid-pace mode, not a great track to be honest, but the situation is improved upon by the following track 'Always Be There'. A remake of their popular song 'Running Back' is provided here. The superior production on this rendition is an improvement on what was already a very good song anyway, so kudos to the band for this. 'Extra Extra' is another to disappoint, the 'busy' sound and overall chaos coming out of Michael Sembello's musical zone. The same could be said for 'Inch By Inch', which does its best to confound. 'Turning The Knife' is a ballad that just doesn't go anywhere, weighed down by two tons of saccharine. 'Give Em Enough Rope' however, returns to their trademark sound, big parping keys and a heap of chant-along choruses. 'All Over The World' finishes this 47 minute set as a global anthem for the masses.


In Summary
A patchy album at best, though it has the odd moment. Urgent would die a death after this, as the album failed to ignite any excitement among the masses. Yul Vaz would move onto the rather excellent Diving For Pearls, and when they folded, he turned his hand to acting. You can see Yul in a few top line movies such as Tom Cruise's 'War Of The Worlds' - check IMDB.com for more. Not sure what happened to the Kehr brothers - hopefully they are still in the business..


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#1 | reddsuss on March 09 2011 14:00:48
Can't get the video to work. Think someone could re-post it. I think I'm in it. So is Charlie Sheen.
#2 | gdazegod on March 10 2011 10:37:39
Yeah will repost it from YouTube.. Give me a few minutes.
#3 | reddsuss on March 11 2011 14:38:25
Thanks. He was just as crazy then as he is now. I knew Donnie Kehr back in new York. Good times. Mostly this didn't go anywhwere as the studio didn't back the band. They actually told them they were using them as a tax write-off. Too bad. They were good.
#4 | gdazegod on March 11 2011 23:23:40
Seems the track/video for 'I Can't Take It No More' is not on YouTube. I have my own mpg copy, will post it up later today when I return home. Been outta town for a few days.
#5 | reddsuss on March 22 2011 14:56:15
That's cool. I can't find it anywhere. It played on MTV for like one month
#6 | dangerzone on March 22 2011 21:19:38
"Come on man!!"
#7 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 21:38:10
Exactly.. to think Charlie Sheen was annoying the MTV crowd as far back as 1987! Strewth!
#8 | Eric on March 23 2011 12:18:53
That's pretty funny. Winning!
#9 | super80boy on September 24 2016 17:15:58
Album single 'I Can't Take It No More' successfully takes it up a notch with its pace, guitars and overall hard rock attitude. 'Running Back' is obviously a solid melodic rock stomper, even this album's version. The hair metal/hard rocker wannabe 'Extra Extra' is cheesy, but fun at the same time..and add 'Inch By Inch'. Not up to par with their debut, but it gets the job done with solid production and musicianship.
#10 | gdazegod on March 10 2017 00:14:26
Urgent - 1987 I Can't Take It Anymore (belatedly late)

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