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Pablo Cruise - 1981 Reflector

ARTIST: Pablo Cruise
ALBUM: Reflector
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: David Jenkins - vocals, guitar * Angelo Rossi - guitar * John Pierce - bass * Steve Price - drums * Cory Lerios - piano, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 This Time * 02 Cool Love * 03 Don't Let The Magic Disappear * 04 One More Night * 05 Jenny * 06 Slip Away * 07 That's When * 08 Inside/Outside * 09 Paradise (Let Me Take You Into) * 10 Drums In The Night


Much covered and revered here at Glory Daze are the classic West Coast melodic rock legends, who have almost had every studio release reviewed at some point. By 1981 the band had experienced a slight downturn in commercial fortunes, as well as some lineup changes, with Rossi and Pierce both new to the fold. The album continued the bands stretch of excellent soft rock inspired releases, although the sound was more sophisticated and AOR inspired than ever.

The Songs
Musically the band still retained their laid back approach to songwriting, but 'This Time' is a pretty hard rocker by the bands standards, fast paced with surging melody lines. 'Cool Love' was a hit for the band and more in keeping with their sun drenched past. On the heavy handed side of things is 'Don't Let The Magic Disappear', both musically and lyrically, quite at odds with the sultry and smooth strains of 'One More Night'. More upbeat is the catchy 'Jenny,' a light hearted rocker with a superb guitar solo. 'Slip Away' is more FM radio fodder; its soft strains mirrored by 'That's When', a breezy piece of AOR which borders on genius if you ask me. 'Inside Outside' foreshadows the more pronounced guitar driven AOR direction of 1983's 'Out Of Our Hands,' but it's the keyboards running the show on 'Paradise (Let Me Take You Into)', providing good contrast. Ending proceedings on an impressive note is 'Drums In The Night,' an energetic workout, which is mostly instrumental and filled to the brim with keyboard runs and great riffs.

In Summary
Nothing to fault here and another indication of what a great band Pablo Cruise were. Some 29 years later and still as fresh as it was then I'm sure. Surely that's one of the highest compliments to be paid to any band, especially one as enduring as these guys are.

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#1 | jeffduran on April 15 2010 05:28:04
great review, great breezy aor release from the glory daze!
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