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Le Roux - 1982 Last Safe Place



ARTIST: Le Roux
ALBUM: Last Safe Place
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: AFL1-4195
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2000, RCA/BMG Funhouse, BVCM-37166 * 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY170

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Pollard - vocals, guitars * Tony Haselden - guitars * Leon Medica - bass * Rod Roddy - keyboards * Bobby Campo - percussion * David Peters - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Addicted * 02 It Doesn't Matter * 03 Nobody Said It Was Easy * 04 The Last Safe Place On Earth * 05 Inspiration * 06 You Know How Those Boys Are * 07 Midnight Summers Dream * 08 Rock 'n' Roll Woman * 09 Long Distance Lover * 10 Make Believe

WEBLINKS: www.laleroux.com


Background
In your journey through AOR, Le Roux are one of the essential stops along the way, specifically the three 80's albums. This particular album tends to get a raw deal while the previous album 'Up' and the next one 'So Fired Up' walk away with all the praise. It's worth noting that 'Last Safe Place' was their most successful record, yielding their only Billboard top 20 hit. While the much needed switch to pomp/AOR was achieved on the previous album, some West Coast inclinations were added to the mix for this one.


The Songs
We're off and running in radio friendly fashion with the energetic AOR of 'Addicted', whose video received extensive airplay on the then fledgling MTV station. 'It Doesn't Matter' awakens a few West Coast tendencies without sounding too lightweight, and could've made a great single. The chorus brings to mind the best of Michael Macdonald era Doobies Brothers. Next up is the big # 18 hit single called 'Nobody Said It Was Easy'. A very radio friendly AOR power ballad with it's fair share of West Coast piano tinkling, it's a pleasing listen. The title track brings back some genuine power in the form of anthem AOR, it's got everything we could want both musically and vocally - a highlight in the genre. 'Inspiration' brings on the pure West Coast, lush vocals and more tinkling, pleasant enough. Side two opens in big AOR fashion with another classic 'You Know How Those Boys Are', with great chord changes and a stirring chorus, all at high melody. From this point on the album drifts back into West Coast territory, the highlights being the hooks of 'Long Distance Lover' and the sheer class of 'Make Believe'.


In Summary
If you have 'Up' and 'So Fired Up', don't be fooled into thinking you have all the essential Le Roux. 'Last Safe Place' is consistently underrated and it should find it's way into your AOR collection. Thanks to RCA/BMG Japan, it's now available on CD.


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#1 | richardb on June 13 2008 14:02:44
It was very hard to follow 'Up' but an essential purchase nonetheless. A damn shame Pollard left after this release because he was a fine vocalist much better than Frederiksen in my book..

Richard B
#2 | trillion1999 on October 16 2011 19:08:31
My adoration for Fergie is solely based on Trillion.The voice he had on that album I wished he had kept.Much as I like So Fired Up and Isolation he had a different voice to the one I loved on those classics and everything after.The picks for me from this fine platter is Addicted Inspiration Long Distance Lover and Make Believe which is strangely exactly the type of tune I love so much but I do not remember the melody at all.Glad to have the Jap-CD.rolleyes
#3 | gdazegod on October 18 2011 04:48:45
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