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Hill, Dan - 1987 Dan Hill

ARTIST: Hill, Dan
ALBUM: Dan Hill
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1987, CBS, CK 40456-2


LINEUP: Dan Hill - vocals, guitar * Assorted Guests

TRACK LISTING: 01 Conscience * 02 Carmelia * 03 Can't We Try * 04 Blood In My Veins * 05 Never Thought (That I Could Love) * 06 Every Boys Fantasy * 07 Lose Control * 08 Perfect Love * 09 Pleasure Centre * 10 USA USSR


Prior to this album Hill was known of course for his massive 1977 hit 'Sometimes When We Touch', one of the biggest hits of that year. Hill could probably have retired off the sales of that single alone, but the Canadian became a massive success mainly in his native country, with a never ending string of similar ballads. One of Hill's best vocal performances came on the 'First Blood' soundtrack of 1982, contributing the closing theme 'It's A Long Road', a brilliant piece of AOR. It wasn't until this album that Hill regained a profile in the U.S. however, with the hit 'Can't We Try' which was a duet with Vonda Shepard.

The Songs
This is a typical piece of AOR for the period, with a reliance on high tech effects and synthesizers, all used to great effect. The opener 'Conscience' is ultra-melodic, with a hook that could have made it a hit in its own right. As was par for the course in 1987, sax is rolled out on 'Carmelita', which is similar in tone to what Roger Daltrey was doing on his 'Can't Wait To See The Movie' effort from the same year. The hit 'Can't We Try' is an ultra smooth ballad and one I could do without to be honest. I prefer the beefed up AOR of 'Blood In My Veins', with its keyboard work similar to the classic 'Van Zant' release of 1985. 'Never Thought (That I Could Love)' is an obvious attempt to rekindle the success of Hill's 1977 hit, only in an updated 80's fashion naturally. There's a cornball rocker evident with 'Every Boy's Fantasy,' which heads in a Kenny Loggins direction, but the supreme AOR of 'Lose Control' is far more believable. Drawing parallels to Michael Bolton is 'Perfect Love' and its massive vocal power, with syrupy keyboards similar to those on 'The Hunger.' You've got to love it. There's even room for some raunchy behavior, summed up by the title alone 'Pleasure Centre'. This has all the high-tech elements involved quite nicely. With every single base of the AOR genre covered so far Hill manages to squeeze one more in, with the anti-nuclear anthem 'USA-USSR'. Hill pleads for an end to the Cold War, urging world peace, asking the KGB and the CIA to not 'destroy the dreams of every boy and girl'. While it's a dated relic of that era, the track works simply because of it.

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#1 | gerard on June 27 2014 21:52:15
Nice album! 'Real love' (1989) has some nice songs too!
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