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Delp And Goudreau - 2003 Delp And Goudreau


DELP AND GOUDREAU - DELP AND GOUDREAU (2003, SELF RELEASED)
Brad Delp - vocals
Barry Goudreau - guitar, bass, keyboards
David Stefanelli - drums
Tim Archibald - bass
Brian Maes - electric piano, organ, keyboards
Jack O-Soro - congas
Lou Spagnola - bass


Background
Following Boston's 'Corporate America' failure, many fans have been pinning their hopes on this, the latest collaboration between ex Boston guitarist Goudreau and sometimes vocalist Delp, to bring some respect back to the increasingly tarnished name. Considering the excellence of past projects by the two, which include Orion The Hunter (Goudreau only) and RTZ, a lot has been expected of this release, although to think it would be along the lines of those two AOR favourites would be a stretch. 2003 it seems is no longer the time or place for such fare from the two it would seem. Disappointed with the response from various labels in trying to sell the album, Delp and Goudreau have opted to sell the CD through Goudreau's website. Why no one would pick this up is startling, as it's a commendable effort that sits easily alongside anything the pair have recorded. As a mixture of vintage sounding Boston and more contemporary modern rock, the quest for melodic supremacy is never sacrificed, although you do wish the results would be a little louder.

The Songs
'What You Leave Behind' opens things in mellow fashion, with an updated modern rock approach, mainly in the guitar department, but the trademark Delp harmonies run freely, although that's quite a sombre chorus. 'Hands Of Time' doesn't differ much, a track made for contemporary adult radio, which moves in a soft direction musically, gentle riffs from Goudreau and Delp on form vocally. 'Let It Roll' suggests something heavier, but again goes for a laid back feel, which three numbers in is quite worrying, perhaps the listener asking themselves if these guys can still rock? Thankfully 'Out Of My Hands' erases those thoughts, finally introducing a more traditional hard rock guitar sound as Goudreau unleashes some of his wizardry, to the backdrop of an aggressive hookline. Boston fans will find favour with the instrumental 'Keep On Runnin', that is more 70's tinged, via the use of organ and Goudreau running the show with more theatrics. A nice, surging pace is maintained throughout. With two dynamic rockers in a row a slower number is inevitable, and it is obtained in 'Everyday', which isn't exactly ballad material, but still harmonic enough to fit on any Boston album. It just shows how influential the two were in the creation of Boston's classic 70's sound. Disappointingly 'I Need Your Love' is a another mid tempo cut, quite bland in the chorus, and boasting Beatles like harmonies, never quite recommended. A pattern now established 'The Rhythm Won't Stop' shows more grit, but there's no real force to make your hair stand on end, Goudreau saving the show with more excellent guitar work. 'Reconciliation' is another song Boston fans might be enamoured with, the most blatant throwback on offer, something about that organ I think. Nine songs in and finally some pure hard rock, that actually sounds like they mean it. Sadly matters conclude with another Beatles inspired tune, 'My One True Love', complete with something akin to a sitar and heavy orchestration.

In Summary
Where this album sits is unclear. It's not AOR and only partially hard rock. Essentially it's a slice of modern rock that reflects where Delp and Goudreau are at, middle aged and without the urge to turn the volume up as they once did. None of the songs are outright bad and the melodies are well crafted, but not as immediate as one would like. Certainly those expecting another RTZ will be let down, those days long gone. But with both men at the helm it always sounds like Boston in a vague sense, especially 'Keep On Runnin' and 'Reconciliation', which will please purists no end. Heavily recommended for fans of the two, this is an adequate effort which has done nothing to dampen their names.

URL: www.barrygoudreau.com

Track Listing:
01 What You Leave Behind
02 Hands Of Time
03 Let It Roll
04 Out Of My Hands
05 Keep On Runnin'
06 Everyday
07 I Need Your Love
08 The Rhythm Won't Stop
09 Reconciliation
10 My One True Love

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I listened to this on Rhapsody several months ago, hoping for another RTZ, and I was underwhelmed. It is not terrible, but it's not that memorable either. Definitely pretty mellow. I just listened to it again, and my opinion did not change. The song 'Reconciliation' is pretty good, though.

Do we not have a review for the RTZ album? It's pretty good.
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 28 2008 19:04:48
That album cover makes them look like Godley And Creme, albeit having fallen on hard times and have been living rough on Brighton beach and getting fed at a soup kitchen!
#3 | jeffduran on July 28 2008 19:13:42
embarrassing cover indeed. not a particular strong release either.
#4 | rostoned on July 28 2008 20:11:13
Sometimes its better a blank cover than this shite. Ridiculous.
#5 | dangerzone on July 28 2008 21:29:01
I haven't listened to this since the day I reviewed it.
#6 | gdazegod on July 28 2008 22:28:20
Very poor CD. Certainly not part of the Boston legacy.
#7 | dangerzone on July 29 2008 01:41:45
I was probably a little too polite on this. Reading it I can tell I was trying to say in the nicest possible manner this is wretched.
#8 | gdazegod on July 29 2008 03:18:17
You did DZ. That is the art of being a good reviewer. Being able to write about something that stinks - with a good bit of scribbly air freshener to sweeten up the foul smell! goodjob
#9 | trillion1999 on October 29 2011 20:20:50
Seeing that I liked this on my double-CD together with RTZ I probably would like Corporate America also.I would not remember anything of it of course just as with this one but I would probably enjoy it just the same.
 
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