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Stevens, Grant - 1989 Grant Stevens



ARTIST: Stevens, Grant
ALBUM: Grant Stevens
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: CBS 463425 2
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Grant Stevens - vocals

Guests: Peter Weihe, Curt Cress, Pit Loew, Christian Schultze, Charlie Mariano, Micki Meuser, Johann Daansen, Freya Wippich, Suzanna Lindsay, Lisa Boray, Jackie Carter

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heartbeat * 02 Deep In The Night * 03 A Touching Memory * 04 I Spy For Love * 05 The Love We Knew * 06 History Made At Midnight * 07 The Seven Seas * 08 Paradise Lost * 09 The Pride In Your Eyes * 10 Paris (What Has Been)

WEBLINKS: www.grantstevens.de


Background
Here's a bloke who's been around the German music scene for ages, but his origins might surprise many. In fact Grant Stevens is an Australian, from Western Sydney, but who left his homeland in search of musical experiences in the UK and Europe at the beginning of the 70's. His debut CD originates from 1989, so if you're thinking this has all the hallmarks of German pop/rock from that era, then you'd be correct. It's hi-tech stuff, and slots in nicely with other German projects from that era.. Tao, Balanx, Channel 5, Beau Heart, Valet Parking etc. It was different scenario for Stevens a decade earlier however. Based in London during the 70's after leaving Australia, he was a member of pub rockers The Soho Jets, and then pseudo punk rockers Razar. He then hooked up with The Nervous Germans, and played with them between 1981-1984. He left England for Germany in 1985, where he pursued songwriting, session work, and backing vocals on various tours for major artists, plus featuring on the one-off The Window Speaks album in 1987.


The Songs
If you can imagine a band like Austria's Fahrenheit but without the rock edge, then this might give you an inkling as to what's going on here. I mean, that's a bit of a rough guess-estimate, but once you hear some of these songs, then you might understand where I'm coming from. 'Heartbeat' is a pumping hi-tech affair, with an annoying synth parp happening in the background. 'Deep In The Night' is a moody affair, which keeps to a low gear until chrous time, when the song comes alive on a happy-go-lucky chorus, sounding like something out of the Stock Aitken Waterman back catalogue. 'A Touching Memory' is a mid-tempo affair that has a dramatic edge, 'I Spy For Love' on the other hand, is built on a percussive back-end that rarely rises to great heights. 'The Love We Knew' is a doppelgänger for Ralph Van Manen's 'Can't Break The Habit' from his 1993 album 'Face The Feeling', the nice sax work gliding in on a melodic wave. 'History Made At Midnight' is more of Steve's trademark sound, and by this stage I'm wondering where the guitars and guitar solos are? 'The Seven Seas' is probably Grant's best moment here, though I'm sure the song could've sounded much better with a proper hard rock backdrop a la Roko or other German bands from the same era rather than the poppy affair a la Freiheit. 'Paradise Lost' enters ballad territory, and though a melodic affair, there's no real excitement happening. More drum machines and synth sequences drives 'The Pride In Your Eyes', while the closer 'Paris (What Has Been)' is enough to put one to sleep. Who needs sleeping pills?


In Summary
It's great that we review rare albums like this, but honestly, I'm not really sure what CBS Germany saw in this album because it's pretty lack luster. In fact, the best song from this era was one not even on the album. 'Hard To Be A God' was released as a single in 1989 but it never made the album! Go figure. Stevens returned a decade later with a new set of songs released on the Electrola label. Still involved in music, it would be hard to see Grant Stevens returning with a solo album considering the other two flew so low to the ground that even the radar had trouble picking them up. Thanks to emda for the opportunity to review this.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2014 11:10:30
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