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Bogaert, Jane - 2010 5th Dimension

ARTIST: Bogaert, Jane
ALBUM: 5th Dimension
LABEL: NL Distribution
SERIAL: NL-10090
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Jane Bogaert - lead vocals

Additional Musicians: Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals * Lesley Bogaert, Jorg Sieber - backing vocals * Chris Birawsky - drums, backing vocals * Charlie Morgan - drums * Henner Malecha, John 'Rhino' Edwards, Bob Riney - bass * Guenther Skitschak - guitars * Robert Papst - guitar, keyboards * Matt Beck - guitar, keyboards * Eddie Daum - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Fifth Dimension * 03 Keep Us Strong * 04 Still There For Me * 05 Matters * 06 Give It Up * 07 Was It The Moonlight * 08 I'm A Rockstar * 09 Superman Cape * 10 Crazy * 11 The Lady Needs An Upgrade * 12 Locked And Tattooed * 13 Spaceship * 14 Open Your Heart



Swiss chanteuse Jane Bogaert has had her 2010 album 'Fifth Dimension' in the market for a few months now. Yeah, I'm only getting around to it, doesn't mean I didn't forget about it. Jane is not a new face on the scene. She's been around for a few years, and is reasonably well known in the Swiss and German music scene. She's even sung in one of the past Eurovision contests going back a decade or so, and has been involved as a session singer for many top acts ranging from jazz great Al Jarreau to Norwegian popsters A-Ha and German soloist Uwe Ochsenknecht. With a stint as a tutor/lecturer in music, Bogaert still had the creative juices to release something of her own, and 'Fifth Dimension' is the result. Vocally, Jane more than matches Canadian singer Sass Jordan in the comparison stakes, and with both women being rather good looking blondes, that comparison was easily made. Oh, I forgot to mention that Jane is a former Miss Switzerland.. need I say anything more.. However, the key to the 'Fifth Dimension' are the Dominoe pairing of Robert Papst and Guenther Skitschak, together with Bogaert, the trio wrote all the material for the album. They are joined by a handful of guests: JLT and JSS don't need any introduction on this site, Matt Beck (Rod Stweart), Charlie Morgan (Elton John) and John Edwards (Status Quo) all chip in along with a bunch of others.

The Songs
I love the way the album kicks off with the Dalek styled voiceover/introduction for the title track 'Fifth Dimension', a brash workout with an organic rock/roots sound from the 80's. Sounds great to me! 'Keep Us Strong' talks of the strength of the bonded relationship, and is as energetic as the lyrics. 'Still There For Me' is a slow burner track, played and sung with intensity, where Jane is joined at the mic by Jeff Scott Soto. Funking things up for 'Matters', Jane sounds slinky and sexy on this one. Joe Lynn Turner hooks on for 'Give It Up', a big fun time rocker which has early 90's written all over it. 'Was It The Moonlight' takes us on a mid-west journey, whereas 'I'm A Rockstar' has a hint of blues/boogie in among the clever lyrics. 'Superman Cape' has a light stomping vibe to it, it's following by the acoustic ballads 'Crazy', 'Locked And Tattooed' and 'Open Your Heart', and the 70's inspired 'The Lady Needs An Upgrade'. In the same vein as the title track, 'Spaceship' flies high with its light and breezy style and rich chorus.

In Summary
I had a few reads of other reviews of the album elsewhere on the Internet. Talk about boring. Come on guys, use your imagination rather than repeating the press release. Very lazy journalism if you ask me. The 'Fifth Dimension' after all is said and done is a pretty catchy album, the backbone is pure 80's, and it's easy to hear how Jane has encapsulated the essence of past female greats into her voice. Very likeable and if you're a female fronted AOR/hard rock fan, then you don't need any invitation.

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#1 | Traveller in time on October 24 2010 08:25:58
If 'Jane Bogaert' is 'Jamie Bogaert', then she made
a single 1981:
No more war / Hot lovin
Label: Ariola
#2 | swazi on October 24 2010 11:25:10
Good review, George! clap I've been a fan of this release right from the start. 8 out of 10 sounds about right to me.
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