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Best Of 2007 - 2007 jeffrey343

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This is the first year of the 'Best Of' lists, and I didn't write one for the year - until now. I was still getting into the new music scene, as I had been spending more time tracking down albums and songs that I remembered from the 80s. I had acquired most of the older music by 2007, so it was time to see what kind of new material was out there. Here is what I liked back then. Some of these have not (yet) been reviewed on this site, but I found 'em anyway.

In Summary
The Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden
This got a lot of press here in the U.S., and it was sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for $10, so it was well worth the gamble. And it turned out to be an excellent album. Stylistically, it is all over the map, as you'd expect with singers & songwriters who have been doing this for decades and have had tons of success both as a group and as solo artists. I could make this a more concise album by cutting a few tunes (it's a 2 CD album), but overall it is a great one.

The Donnas - Bitchin'
It's kind of a miracle I found this one. I had heard an older tune 'Take It Off' from an earlier album just by being in the right place at the right time. That eventually led me to check out other stuff they'd done. I can't say I had overly high expectations for this one as I listened to it. But song after song kept rocking with no dropoff in quality. And there are 13 of them (not counting the instrumental opener). These gals started out as a punk band, as raw as raw can be. Quite an evolution to get to where they can stand toe-to-toe with groups like Def Leppard and AC/DC. There is nary a deep song here until the last track (a track similar to Bob Seger's 'Turn The Page'), but they make drinking and partying and getting revenge sound quite exciting.

Loverboy - Just Getting Started
In a way, this did not quite live up to expectations. Loverboy was a pretty unique band in the 80s. Their album 'VI' in the 90s did nothing for me, unfortunately. I was hoping for a return to the sound of the glorious 80s releases. Didn't quite get that, but we did get some pretty good AOR rock songs. Yeah, they might not sound too different from what others are doing, but Mike Reno still has that golden voice, and there are some clever lyrics here too.

Stan Bush - In This Life
Stan Bush was a very recent discovery for me back in 2007. This album reminds me quite a bit - moreso than the vast majority of newer material - of the kind of albums I really liked in the early 80s when I was in high school. It sounds like it could have come from that period in time, and it would be high on the list for any of those years.

Harem Scarem - Human Nature
Basically my introduction to this band. This album is kinda like an hourglass shape to me - starts off killer, wanes some towards the middle, then finishes on a very strong note. It has some definite modern-rock overtones that work well.

Frederiksen/Denander - Baptism By Fire
This one worked a lot better for me than it did for George. Fergie Frederiksen sounds darn good here. I got into this a lot more than I have the other Tommy Denander projects.

Robin Beck - Livin' On A Dream
Good effort from Ms. Beck. Definitely helps that she has the House Of Lords guys backing her - give this one a very nice edge.

Pride Of Lions - The Roaring Of Dreams
I haven't gotten into these guys as much as some of you (surprising for such a huge Survivor fan, I know). But this was a very nice album, with 'Astonish You' being a truly killer track. Toby Hitchcock has a very powerful voice, and Jim Peterik can hold his own vocally.

Ted Poley - Smile
I didn't get this one until 2010, so I had already heard the subsequent Danger Danger release, plus just about everything Poley had released. This is a little more subdued than D2. Poley is in fine voice on this album. Some songs do definitely have a D2 vibe about them as you'd expect. 'What If She Knew' sounds like it could be a major U.S. hit if done by one of the current big-name U.S. bands.

Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
Turner sounds very good on this collection of songs. I don't think it is quite as strong as either of the Sunstorm albums, and the style varies a bit more. But this is a good effort by one of the guys we've enjoyed for three decades.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 08 2012 17:59:07
My 2007 list - a few years late.
#2 | gdazegod on February 08 2012 20:26:32
Thanks Jeff. I got all your lists up. 2007, Best of Decade, plus 2011.
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 22 2013 03:51:05
Of this list, the top four are the ones that get played semi-regularly, although I mainly pick and choose songs from them for playlists. And "Astonish You" from POL makes it onto a bunch of playlists.
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