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Street Talk - 1997 Collaboration

ARTIST: Street Talk
ALBUM: Collaboration
LABEL: USG Records
SERIAL: USG 1016-2
YEAR: 1997
CD REISSUE: 1997, Bareknuckle (Japan), AVCB-66024


LINEUP: Goran Edman - vocals * Fredrik Bergh - keyboards * Sven Larsson - guitars * Mikael Berner - bass * Christian Johansson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walk Away From Love * 02 If You Say It's Over * 03 Standing In The Rain * 04 Brand New Start * 05 Among Friends (instr) * 06 Could You Be The Only One * 07 Where Does Love Go * 08 In The Eyes Of A Woman * 09 If You Say It's Over (acoustic) * 10 Borrowed Time (Instr) * 11 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) * 12 Conclusion

Winding the clock back to 1997, and I remember how backward the melodic rock scene was at the time. The Internet wasn't a trusted vehicle like it is now, and we were still reliant on magazines, fanzines and mail order catalogs to keep abreast of what was going on. Still, we managed to find out a few things, though it was usually a year or so later that we actually got the CD and finally heard what everyone was talking about 12 months earlier. Well it was for me in little old New Zealand, but these days, the speed to uptake is much faster. And so it was with Goran Edman's project Street Talk, which included a very young and very unknown guitarist called Sven Larsson and a very cool keyboardist in Fredrik Bergh. Street Talk bounded onto the scene in the late 90's, impressing everybody with their Journey meets West Coast sound, which was unique for its time.

The Songs
If you've heard the opener 'Walk Away From Love' it's trademark Swedish AOR, and check out how hot a guitar player Larsson even this early in his career. The band head for West Coast territory with 'If You Say It's Over', a very cool song that defines this band to the max. Cool song.. Continuing the same lite approach, 'Standing In The Rain' makes a great one-two punch in the name of West Coast. Love it.. Street Talk move back to a fast but smooth AOR style for 'Brand New Start', one that has defined the band over the years, while 'Among Friends' is a rockier track, sort of like Toto in one of their heavier phases. It's an instrumental too. 'Could You Be The Only One' is the sort of AOR/West Coast that most established bands can only dream of writing to a similar quality. 'Where Does Love Go' is a true ballad and is the melting moment of the album, but it's the amazing 'In The Eyes Of A Woman' which is the king hitter on the CD. A wickedly good Toto like stunner featuring some freakish guitar work from Larsson. Check it out if you get the chance. Street Talk give us an acoustic version of 'If You Say It's Over', while the brief instrumental 'Borrowed Time' is just KILLER stuff from Larsson. Why the song had to end so briefly and suddenly just upsets no end.. lol! Depending on which version of the CD you have, there are two bonus tracks. One is a cover of Journey's 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' which is pretty damned awesome, plus a jazzy/west coast excursion called 'Conclusion'. Again, it's a Toto like trip.

In Summary
So there you have it. A great debut, and one for Journey and Toto freaks. They wouldn't get this copy-cat on future albums, taking on their own identity. They released four studio albums between 1997 and 2006, plus a 2004 compilation called 'Destination'. All worthy of addition to your CD collection.

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