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St Paul - 1990 Down To The Wire

ALBUM: Down To The Wire
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 82097-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Paul Peterson - vocals, instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stranger To Love * 02 Every Time I Close My Eyes * 03 Every Heart Needs A Home * 04 Maybe In Another World * 05 Heart To Heart * 06 I Never Knew What Love Could Do * 07 Nowhere To Run * 08 Next Time You See My Girl * 09 Only Reminds Me Of You * 10 Shooting Star


If you were privy to the dance/funk scene of Minneapolis during the heyday of Prince, then other subsidiaries such as The Family and more especially The Time would have been known to you. If that was the case, then keyboardist/vocalist Paul Peterson is a name synonymous with all those bands. We won't touch on that history so much, reading Prince's website or Wikipedia pages will provide you with enough detail of Peterson's earlier history. By the mid 80's, Peterson (also known as St Paul Peterson, obviously for the Minnesota twin city references) had gone solo, with his first LP released in 1986, his second (this one) released in 1990. As you would expect, it's hi-tech, fast paced, funky, with loads of keyboards to the max. If you remember Tim Feehan's output during this timeframe, then that's as good a comparison that I can make.

The Songs
Caught somewhere between Joe Pasquale and Kevin Paige, 'Stranger To Love' is as hi-tech as it gets. The vocal arrangement is pretty big too! The vocals catch the ear yet again on 'Everytime I Close My Eyes', not as funky as before; slightly streamlined in this instance, perhaps Planet 3 would make for a good comparison. The ballad 'Every Heart Needs A Home' is dripping with melodrama, with pre-requisite programming to suit. Peterson takes on a smooth crooner voice a la Robert Hart for this one. Nice. The Tim Feehan reference is easy to spot on 'Maybe In Another World', hi-spun drum work and synth patterns straight out of the manufacturer's user guide! I like the racy and immediate 'Heart To Heart', which could've made DeBarge's 'Rhythm Of The Night' pop classic. 'I Never Knew What Love Could Do' embarks down the funky CCM route, a style found aplenty through acts like Michael W Smith and Rhythm House and possibly also secular megastar Richard Marx. The pace is picked up for the jumpy and quirky 'Nowhere To Run', complete with feel-good melodies and bouncy rhythms. 'Next Time You See My Girl' is an easygoing affair, parping and pleasant, 'Only Reminds Me Of You' reverts to ballad mode, a bit soppy in the vein of Richard Marx's megahit 'Right Here Waiting'. The last track 'Shooting Star' is an urban styled hip-hop thing which did very little to hold my attention.

In Summary
Peterson released another album in 1996, entitled 'Blue Cadillac'. Also, Paul was involved with the Donnie & Marie (Osmond) TV show where he was the house-band leader. He continues to release solo albums, and has worked specifically with R&B singer Oleta Adams in recent years. According to WikiPedia, Peterson and three other members of The Family reunited as fDeluxe and released a new record called 'Gaslight' in September 2011.

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#1 | AOR Lee on October 04 2013 05:56:57
Sounds like one to investigate George
#2 | gdazegod on October 04 2013 06:51:28
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#3 | Eric on October 04 2013 12:32:56
I thought the 'Minneapolis Sound' was a lot of hype and short-lived because it surrounded the work of Prince and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and little else. That said, this disc has some neat moments, a drill-hole classic.
#4 | AORboyo on October 05 2013 22:07:20
I remember picking this up for 99 Cents back in '91 on a visit to Santa Monic, LA..Absolutely loved it, still dig it out from time to time.....Like stated in review if you dig ya funk rock with a commercial edge look no further, spot on with the Tim Feehan 'Full Contact' vibe.....Well worth tracking down.
#5 | gerard on October 20 2013 22:55:47
Used to see this around here (The Netherlands) all the time... As Eric mentions, this album has its moments. Don't really see the comparisons between this album and Tim Feehan's 'Full Contact' though. IMHO Feehan's album is way classier, original and dynamic. Just my opinion. Still nice to see this album reviewed here. Thank you!
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