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Paris (France) - 2013 Only One Life

ARTIST: Paris (France)
ALBUM: Only One Life
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 13-03-0051
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Frederic Decahavanne - vocals, keyboards * Sebastian Montet - vocals * Anna Portalupi - bass * Robert Säll - guitars * Alessandro Mori - drums * Steve Newman, Alessandaro Del Vecchio - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dancing On The Edge * 02 What Should We Be Saying * 03 South Of Love * 04 Everytime You Walk Away * 05 America * 06 Longer Than I Care To Remember. * 07 The Clock * 08 On Fire * 09 When The Lights Fade Away * 10 Handle With Care * 11 The Time Still To Come



Avenue Of Allies are back in business with three impressive albums kicking off their 2013 season. The last batch they came out with just prior to Christmas didn't set my pulse racing I'm afraid to say. I'll gradually get to reviewing those in due course, but in the meantime, we'll touch on the first of the new trio: the French duo going by the name Paris. Now this is the kinda AOR I really dig, and the pair of Frederic Dechavanne and Sebastien Montet have come up with a set of songs that are hard to resist. The pair (one a singer/guitarist, the other a keyboardist) hooked up with the Italian dream-team, with Alessandro Del Vecchio once again at the helm. The songs invoke all sorts of aural reponses which reads like an AOR cookbook. With Work Of Art's Robert Säll on guest guitars, you can bet this is a racy, pulse driven affair and you wouldn't be far wrong. Reference points include: Journey, Ransom, Blanc Faces, Work Of Art and Toto to my ears.

The Songs
The album kicks off with the entertaining melodia of 'Dancing On The Edge'. It pulses along with a regulated frequency which only true blue AORsters will understand. I thoroughly enjoyed the groove laden 'What Should We Be Saying' with the rhythm section of Portalupi and Mori holding the fort down with solid backbeats and undercurrents. 'South Of Love' is just fantastic Work Of Art styled AOR, which will hit you like a brick wall (actually, not a good analogy, as one fell down in Melbourne last weekend killing 3 people.. oops). 'Every Time You Walk Away' is a slow building ballad, which gathers momentum delivering the goodies with maximum payload. Hard not to ignore the Journey and Blanc Faces influences with this one. The Paris template is laid out like a roadmap for the tremendous AOR of 'America', even if the music is French, Italian and Swedish in origin. 'Longer Than I Care To Remember' ticks all the boxes that made bands like Ransom and Blanc Faces memorable back in their day. 'The Clock' has an anthemic chorus which makes this one easy to remember among the 11 tracks. 'On Fire' is one for all the 80's purists, so too 'When The Lights Fade Away' which is played at a mid tempo pace. 'Handle With Care' is one of the album highlights for me. A totally killer keyboard motif which forms the backbone of the song. The finale 'The Time Still To Come' closes the show as a ballad and a pleasant way it is too!

In Summary
If there are a couple of criticisms; the vocal phrasing sounds slightly awkward on some songs, particularly the first one 'Dancing On The Edge'. What do I mean by that? Well the lyrics kinda feel mismatched to the music going on around it. A classic example would be Arnel Pineda and the way he wraps his voice around some of Journey's classic material, in some cases holding on to notes when he should have let them go milliseconds before. Also if you play this thing back-to-back, it does fall into a samey pattern, but then again, it does sound very good for the style/genre that is on offer. You could do no worse than fork out the credit card for this CD along with the other two AoA releases this month. It's a bit of a bargain really, and they're all really good.

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