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Intuition - 1994 Turn It On



ARTIST: Intuition
ALBUM: Turn It On
LABEL: Intuition Records
SERIAL: INT2668
YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dean Jason - lead vocals, guitars * Dave Messenger - guitars, backing vocals * Chris McCoy - keyboards, backing vocals * Andrew Dezarn - bass, backing vocals * Mike Synder - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Southside * 02 Hearts Of Fire * 03 Goin' Crazy * 04 Don't Let Me Go * 05 Outta Love * 06 In Love Again * 07 Jaqueline * 08 Heartless * 09 Turn It On * 10 Don't Let Me Go (piano vocal version) * 11 Night By Night


Background
From Baltimore Maryland, Intuition made a brave attempt to bolster the melodic rock ranks during 1994, even though they were probably a few years late.. There are a bunch of good songs on this one off album, though the overall quality is slightly hampered by an average production. If debut era Danger Danger is your bag, along with a dash of White Lion and Bon Jovi, then Intuition are right up your alley. Singer Dean Jason doesn't have the greatest of voices, but he does ok considering, and to top it off, there's a hint of Aldo Nova and Mike Tramp in his vocal, which at least makes it interesting for the melodic rockers here.


The Songs
Kicking off with 'Southside', this was not the strongest of starts nor the best track to lead off. Sure, the riffs all speak White Lion, but the vocals are not great. Thankfully Dean improves throughout the album, which is a relief. 'Hearts Of Fire' is much better, a great galloping arrangement which turns out to be an album highlight. Notice the Aldo Nova like vocal too! Love the bouncy and happy-go-lucky tune 'Goin' Crazy' too, very summery flavour listening to this one. Keyboardist Chris McCoy is the driving force behind the ballad 'Don't Let Me Go', a lovely number which also comes in a piano only version later on in the album. 'Outta Love' has an unusual sound, not unlike some of the British AOR bands from the late 80s (think Shy, Tilt, Surface). Intuition go back to their stock and trade with 'In Love Again', this one has Danger Danger running through its veins. 'Jaqueline' reverts to the flowing ballad and though goo, it's the harder rocking numbers that appeal.. Like the Aldo Nova flavoured 'Heartless'.. nice.. 'Turn It On' features some synth/brass stabs in what is a power romp. One of the best tracks is the finale 'Night By Night', which has a terrific arrangement, but it's let down by the production. This actually sounds like a demo.. I wonder if it was tacked on as an afterthought/


In Summary
Keep in mind that this album was released as an indie, and therefore doesn't contain all the bells and whistles that major label releases do. Still, the very attempt at creating a melodic rock album during the era of flannel attire and downtuned riffs should be commended. Some very good tracks as mentioned, and worth a look at for sure.


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#1 | george_the_jack on January 08 2010 02:02:50
Don't know the reason but this one has never moved me.Of course it's an indie that emerged from the ashes of the worst period for the melodic rock genre but still sounds too 'bland' to my ears. ..
 
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