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Emmett, Rik - 1990 Absolutely

ARTIST: Emmett, Rik
ALBUM: Absolutely
LABEL: Charisma
SERIAL: 2-91606
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Rik Emmett- lead and backing vocals, all guitars * Chris Brockway - bass, backing vocals * Randy Cooke - drums * Dave Tkazzuk - keyboards, programming * Colleen Allen - sax, backing vocals * Jeff Stevens - percussion * Joel Wade, Colina Philips, Vivienne Williams, Paula Shear - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Drive Time * 02 Big Lie * 03 Saved By Love * 04 When A Heart Breaks * 05 World Of Wonder * 06 Stand And Deliver * 07 The Way That You Love Me * 08 Middle Ground * 09 Heaven Only Knows * 10 Smart Fast Mean And Lucky * 11 Passage (For Big Nick)


I'm quite surprised this CD isn't reviewed here yet, considering I bought the thing when it was released back in 1990. By this stage, Triumph had fractured (though Gil Moore and Mike Levine would reunite the band two years later), with Emmett landing a solo deal with Charisma Records. 'Absolutely' is probably a lot lighter than much of the Triumph back catalogue put together, but there are still some trademark Emmett performances that recall his immediate past as well as giving us a glimpse into his near future.

The Songs
If I can say this: the production on this album is stellar. In particular, the drums sound full and balanced, everything else is a crispy as chicken! The Opener 'Drive Time' takes us a funky journey with a high-stepping back-beat and a fast metronome. Rik even manages some Dave Lee Roth vocal antics! Yes, he does! Rik talks up a storm on 'Big Lie' where he tells everyone that everything going on around the planet (circa 1990) is indeed a big lie. The funny thing is; life in 2014 is no different! We're a gullible lot aren't we? 'Saved By Love' is one of my favourite songs on the album. Heaps of melodious moments throughout. We head into ballad territory with the rather lovely 'When A Heart Breaks', a beautiful tune with the coolest lyric this side of the black stump.. that's the sound that a heart makes, when a heart breaks..'. There's lot of percussion on 'World Of Wonder', and some neat off-the-cuff guitar from Rik. It's not quite Jamaican reggae, but it has a cool Caribbean flavour regardless. 'Stand And Deliver' has some resemblance to Triumph, particularly in the vocal arrangement, hard not to miss with Rik's trademark tenor vocal. I also enjoyed 'The Way That You Love Me' for its simplicity in the lyric, but the depth of melody in the song. A nice track.. 'I believe in you in you the way that you believe in me..'. 'Middle Ground' has a Bruce Hornsby & The Range song-structure, though heavied up a tad to meet Emmett's expectations. 'Heaven Only Knows' recalls the best melodic moments of Emmett's contributions to the Triumph back-catalogue, an exquisite song to be honest. I can't say the same for the follow-up 'Smart, Fast, Mean And Lucky'. A yuck tune to be honest, with drums belted by gate effects, and a terrible vibe everywhere. Give it a miss. 'Passage (For Big Nick)' is one of those typical Emmett interludes, reminding me Neal Schon's work on his 1995 effort 'Beyond The Thunder'. A nice way to close the album.

In Summary
Some very tidy songs here, a couple are exemplary: 'Heaven Knows' and 'Saved By Love' in particular, plus the handful of ballads, very nice. Emmett's follow-up al;bum 'Ipso Facto' would follow in 1992, we've reviewed that one already, so take a look at that one too.

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