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101 South - 2009 No U Turn

ARTIST: 101 South
ALBUM: No U Turn
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Roger Scott Craig - keyboards, vocals * Gregory Lynn Hall, Chris Thompson - vocals * Billy Liesegang, Ian Bairnson, David Pasillas - guitars * Jimmy Turner - bass * Hans Geiger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 When You're In Love * 02 All In The Game * 03 Lonely Heart * 04 What Are You Gonna Do Anyway * 05 End Of The Game * 06 From What You Know Now * 07 Yesterday Is Gone * 08 Take Me Home * 09 Don't Tell Me It's Over * 10 Blue Skies



A few years ago, there were reports circling that former Fortune and Harlan Cage member Roger Scott Craig had chucked in the towel. Fed up with the music industry that wasn't particularly interested in melodic rock (yep, that's something we're well aware of ), and those that were interested seemed to relish finding online downloads of those two bands, plus the third outfit he is involved with: 101 South. Many of you will be aware that Roger has a huge issue with the plague that is free downloads, and it was a huge surprise (no.. shock!! Ed) to find him back in the groove with 101 South in 2009, and more importantly, a new album 'No U Turn'. An unusual and tongue in cheek title for sure, considering Mr Craig has done a complete U-turn. It seems Roger was wanting to test the waters with 'No U Turn' by initially making it available exclusively on the 101 South website. But we've heard disappointing stories about the distribution of the album in this private capacity, with a few punters still yet to receive said product. Disappointing because the album was made available as far back as August 2009. That sounds pretty poor, because now it is available in Europe through AOR Heaven, and those hanging out for the original disc are still left hanging high and dry.

The Songs
So is the album worth the seven year wait? Well of course, anything Roger Scott Craig gets involved with is well worth the investigation. Both prior 101 South albums are fantastic releases, but we're dealing with a different set of dynamics here, and yes, seven years have passed. So can we spot the differences? For sure, the songs in my mind don't carry the same sort of power as before, the guitars are pushed way back in the mix, the sound is lush still, but something is definitely missing. The highlights include the fantastic 'Yesterday Is Gone' (a pity the whole album couldn't have sounded like this), the engaging 'From What You Know Now' which is handled by former Manfred Mann frontman Chris Thompson and the lovely opening semi-ballad 'When You're In Love' which is simply gorgeous. 'Don't Tell Me It's Over' is very much AOR and pulses away in a safe fashion, but the ballad 'Take Me Home' doesn't offer anything of value, the sort of track you've heard on any half decent hard rock album over the last thirty years or more.

In Summary
Overall, 'No U Turn' is kinda soft on the ears, and though it's great to see the band back in action, it's kind of a half hearted attempt to rock out, as much of this album is operating on a combination of valium and viagra, though we're not quite sure who is winning out. The aforementioned distribution problems on the original release also left a sour taste in the mouth, and that doesn't help things. Maybe Roger should forget about trying to be an advocate for musicians rights and trying to do his bit to stop illegal downloads. His stance is admirable, but doomed to fail, as Generation Y are the shakers and movers of the new technology revolution.

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#1 | george_the_jack on November 28 2009 11:45:36
Too soft to my ears, too samey with their previous releases...
#2 | Jez on November 30 2009 09:23:13
I still haven't recieved my copy and am getting fed up of hearing this bands name to be honest. This was originally going to be a Website only release, hence why I ordered one (more fool me). After I found out that it was to be released via AOR Heaven and at a much cheaper price, I was a little miffed to say the least. The fact now that nothing has been recieved after over 3 1/2 months, except excuses from a certain person, is starting to wear very thin. You can be guaranteed I won't be supporting RSC anymore in future.
#3 | swazi on February 01 2012 11:39:11
All the stories around this release, the RSC lies/frauds about the re-issues (see Jez above) and his other nonsense leaves a bitter taste, unfortunately. Not a bad CD, but not as good as the first 2 releases.
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