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Frederiksen, Fergie - 2013 Any Given Moment



ARTIST: Frederiksen, Fergie
ALBUM: Any Given Moment
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 613
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

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LINEUP: Fergie Frederiksen - lead vocals * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, background vocals * Nik Mazzucconi - bass, fretless bass * Herman Furin - drums * Robert Sall, Bruce Gaitsch, Walter Caliaro, Peter Friestedt, Alessio Berlaffa, Sven Larsson, David Coyle - lead and rhythm guitars * Roberto Tiranti - background vocals * Issa Oversveen - duet vocals on 'Not Alone'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Last Battle Of My War * 02 Let Go * 03 Price For Loving You * 04 I'll Be The One * 05 Time Will Change * 06 How Many Roads * 07 Candles In The Dark * 08 Any Given Moment * 09 Not Alone (Feat. Issa) * 10 When The Battle Is Over * 11 Angel Don't Cry

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WEBLINKS: fergiefrederiksen.com


Background
It is with some regret that we review the latest Fergie Frederiksen album 'Any Given Moment' on the back of some disturbing health news related to the great singer. Fergie's battle with cancer is well known to most of the GD audience, but is still unsettling with his latest CD just being released. If we push the health issues aside and concentrate on the music, this is a fitting tribute to Fergie's short-lived tenure with AOR greats Toto. I like to think of it this way: if Fergie had stayed on with Toto and into 1985 and 1986, then I'd like to think that material of this quality could've been part of their discography, rather than the luke-warm west-coast we got with 'Fahrenheit'. An interesting proposition to say the least, but when you listen to 'Any Given Moment', it's difficult to think otherwise.


The Songs
Check out the intensity of 'Last Battle Of My War', a prophetic songtitle if ever I've heard, considering Fergie's current circumstances. The extreme Toto likeness of this song segues into another ready-made track 'Let Go'. If Lukather and Paich needed any inspiration to bring their band back to relevance, then someone should send them a copy of this CD. The synth gods are on display at the entrance to 'Price For Loving You', a track that deserves plaudits which I'm sure will come from all melodic rock fans. It's ballad time with the gorgeous 'I'll Be The One', understated, with lush synth layers in the underbelly. The other big ballad of note is the exquisite 'How Many Roads'. It's a mountain of a song, in all of its near 6 minutes splendour. You can hear Xinema and Street Talk guitarist Sven Larsson all over the AOR entry 'Time Will Change'. Magnificent, enough said. 'Candles In The Dark' is all about light and no shade, as this is a pleasant and sunny slice of melodic rock. Del Vecchio's preference to use organ where possible is a good move, in much the same way that Terry Thomas told Dann Huff and Alan Pasqua to use said instrument on Giant's records! 'Any Given Moment' is the mid-tempo rocker on the album, the verses were kind of ordinary, but the chorus lifted the song above the waterline. 'Not Alone' featuring Issa Oversveen-Martin on shared lead vocals, features a modern context. I wasn't that keen on Issa's vocal sound when singing solo on this song, but on harmony vocals she hooks up with Fergie's with ease. 'When The Battle Is Over' is the deceiver of the album. The ballad like intro makes way for some slam-dunk guitar work, heavy as heck, before plateauing out to a House Of Lords like sound. Thunderous bottom-end, with keyboards used to add the colour. 'Angel Don't Cry' is of course the track best remembered on Toto's 1984 'Isolation' album. It's not a complete copy-cat, with some bits enhanced and some bits not so well done. The organ work and racy trance like synths on the verses are incredible, so too the guitarwork, but the solo section could've been managed a bit better, not as slick as the original, but still, good to hear it updated. Fergie's vocals sound timeless.


In Summary
With fellow melodic rocker Jimi Jamison in operation, both he and Fergie have sown up this sub-genre lock stock and barrel. That Frontiers has both blokes on their books is a wise investment on their part. I thought Fergie's previous solo album 'Happiness Is The Road' was a fairly useful album, but this one takes it up a notch. Look, I'm not going to say anything more about Fergie's health, as it distresses me to take of such things. Let's just enjoy the music and the gift that he and his collaborators have left us in 2013. A beautiful album nonetheless.


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#1 | gdazegod on August 25 2013 12:49:30
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#2 | Zorro11 on August 26 2013 11:36:42
AOR album of the year.
#3 | gdazegod on August 26 2013 12:06:19
It's pretty damn good. Big ups to Fergie.. Thumbs Up
#4 | kim_hp on August 26 2013 12:45:39
I thought the last album was good although not extraordinary. But this has received a lot of praise on several sites so admittedly I'm pretty intrested to hear this now.
#5 | jeffrey343 on September 10 2013 15:12:32
I, like Kim, thought "Happiness Is The Road" was a good but not exceptional album (2011 was a very good year), but this one is at a new level. My ears crave it when I wake up, and I'm playing it a lot in the car and right before bed too - twice or three times a day the past week. That's the mark of a good album right there. Strong songs, strong vocals, and ADV's keyboards add a great presence (I love the organ sound that's becoming his trademark). This will be one of those albums where I buy the physical copy after buying the online version. I don't spend $30 on many albums these days...

One observation (not a complaint) - I could see several of these songs being sung by Jimi Jamison, just like I could hear some songs from JJ's last album sung by FF. I guess that's more of a statement on the fact that there is a certain level of similarity in the material coming from Frontiers. I don't mind when the quality is this good, though.
#6 | jeffrey343 on September 10 2013 20:19:05
This one has given a halo effect to "Happiness Is The Road", which really is quite good. The production on this one, though, is better, and it is overall stronger. Nice to have two great albums in two years from him. And about "Not Alone" - to me, it sounds a lot like a long-lost Starship song from the late 80s. I can hear Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick on that one.
#7 | george_the_jack on September 26 2013 01:04:37
I came late to this one but so far it impresses me big time! Sounds excellent and far better than ''happiness'' to my ears. Alessandro DelVecchio has developed himself into a production wizzard I have to say. First it was Lionville II and now this one. He manages to hit my soft spots and pull my strings offering the sound I really love to hear; layered, detailed, punchy yet polished! There's also a bunch of excellent crafted songs in the album and put together with the voice of the mighty Fergie, they complement the result. It's very early to place ''Any given moment'' in my best of list but it will certainly rank very highly when the curtain falls.
#8 | kim_hp on September 26 2013 07:11:44
Like the last one, this is a mixed bag, with a few very good songs and some average ones. Once again there is a problem with the lack of diversity in the material, but I guess when you have the same 5-6 songwriters working on every Frontiers project that shouldn't come as a surprise. As with "Happiness", the Jim Peterik-penned tunes is where the real action lies and it makes you wonder why he only gets one co-write here, as the title track (as with "Happiness is the Road"Wink is by far the strongest track on show. All in all another good album from Fergie, although far from the masterpiece some are making it out to be.
#9 | george_the_jack on September 28 2013 23:42:12
''I'll be the one''.. what a song!

If anyone follows its lyrics inevitably associates them with the health condition of Fergie and the song turns out to a real tearjerking number. It's like he is addressing this song to his son. All my hopes and prayers to this great artist and man if there's still any glimmer of hope...
 
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