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Blanc Faces - 2009 Falling From The Moon



ARTIST: Blanc Faces
ALBUM: Falling From The Moon
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 431
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robbie La Blanc - vocals, guitars * Brian La Blanc - vocals, bass * Butch Taylor - lead guitar * Michael Patzig - lead guitar * Jeff Batter - keyboards * Kyle Woodring - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Come Alive * 02 Falling From The Moon * 03 I Swear To You * 04 Everything * 05 It's All About Love * 06 Goodbye Summer Goodbye * 07 Deep In The Heart * 08 Don't Take It Away * 09 Like I Believer * 10 Light Of The World * 11 I Will * 12 Fly

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Background
The La Blanc brothers return in 2009 with a fantastic new album 'Falling From The Moon'. The brothers Robbie and Brian have been doing this long enough now, and with the AOR sub-genre undecided whether it wants to slide away into obscurity or wanting to keep the flame alive, the duo have armed themselves with enough combustive fuel to keep the fire burning. Previously gracing us with the Fury album from 1985, and the debut Blanc Faces album from 2005, the boys have kept us to a short duration of four years for the release of 'Falling From The Moon'. It really is an 'easy on the ear' collection of AOR/radio rock tracks, which takes us back to another era. The music certainly isn't representative of the music scene in 2009, and despite its commercial appeal, you probably won't hear this stuff played on radio, which is a shame. Blanc Faces has a very clean sound, invoking memories of Survivor, Pride Of Lions, Brett Walker, Sheriff/Alias and the Brian Howe era of Bad Company, and a host of others.. but I'm guessing you get the drift of what's on offer here.


The Songs
Typically on an album like this, you'll get a classic combination of mid-paced rockers and smooth ballads. It's the well weathered recipe from two decades past and nothing is different here. Enjoyable commercial moments such as the opening pair of 'I Come Alive' and the title track 'Falling From The Moon' set the scene. The album lifts for the sensational 'I Swear To You' which takes us back to the golden days of 1982. There's a bit of similarity with 'It's All About Love' and 'I Will' both contenders for heavy rotation on my mp3 player over Christmas. When it comes to ballads, 'Everything' and 'Light Of The World' are guaranteed to get the lighters waving in the crowd.


In Summary
Without a doubt, 'Falling From The Moon' ends the year on a positive note. It's a consummate release of AOR, and I'm enjoying this even more than some of the other Frontiers releases that we've reviewed recently. I don't have to preach to the converted. This is a definite Top 5 album for me in 2009. Grab it for Christmas!


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 05 2010 16:29:36
Very good album, and it inspired me to revisit their first album too. In addition to a good AOR sound, I think it also has kind of a Midwest or country-rock sound in many places. I bought the digital versions, so I don't have any liner notes, and I can't find a lot of info on the web. But it sounds like the brothers share lead vocals. If that's true, one of them has a more pure AOR voice than the other. Whoever sings lead on "It's All About The Love", I think the other brother would sound better on it. Both Blanc Faces CDs are very good and, like George said, 'easy on the ear'.
#2 | Jez on May 05 2010 11:23:03
I always thought that the first album was a good, if a little generic debut and certainly had some good songs throughout, but I certainly didn't rave about it like certain parties did at the time and thought it definitely had some flaws. 'Falling From The Moon' starts out well enough with the first 4 tracks. The title track sounds like a Pride Of Lions song and along with 'I Swear To You' are the best 2 tracks on the album. After that, it all becomes a bit samey, safe and sorry to say, a little boring if I am honest (I have been saying that fairly often about some AOR releases recently, which is not like me at all). This is a great sounding disc though with a really nice Dennis Ward mix and isn't a complete disaster as it does have some very nice moments, but I can picture now all the ardent AOR chaps wetting themselves saying how good it is. Well believe me it isn't and it's not even as good as the debut either.
#3 | jeffrey343 on December 02 2010 15:38:02
I will agree with Chris and Jez that there is a 'generic' and 'safe' element to this and the debut album. While the production is excellent and the voices are strong and solid (and in pitch - not always a given these days), there's nothing really special about the overall sound. However, there are times that this album works very well for me. I think the songs are very strong, even though they don't break any new ground. I think folks would rave more about these guys if they were fronted by yet another Steve Perry clone - many of these songs sound very Journey-esque. It's a tribute to the La Blanc brothers that I don't think 'this would sound so much better with Steve Perry' as I listen to it. I don't really consider this a light-sounding album, but it always sounds good when I'm in a more mellow mood.
#4 | Ralfster on August 25 2013 12:49:56
Just got the first BLANC FACES CD 'When The World Comes Down' that they released independently in 1999. It's good, but nothing like FURY or their Frontiers releases. It's in a midwest vein musically and sounds like a mix of DANNY WILDE and TOM PETTY. Still great harmony vocals as expected and the production is top notch as well. The title track even was featured as a bonus cut on the japanese pressing of the s/t Frontiers CD. Not sure though if it was a newly recorded more AORish version.
 
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