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Loggins, Kenny - 1985 Vox Humana



ARTIST: Loggins, Kenny
ALBUM: Vox Humana
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: FC 39174
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1990, Columbia, CK 39174

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LINEUP: Kenny Loggins - vocals, guitar

Additional Musicians: Tim Pierce, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson, Jr, Steve Lukather, David Williams - guitar * Nathan East - bass * Tris Imboden, John 'JR' Robinson, Michael Baird - drums * Michael Omartian, David Foster, Randy Kerber, Neil Larsen, Steve Wood, Michael Boddicker, Greg Phillinganes, Randy Waldman, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Bo Tomlyn - keyboards, synthesizer * David Sanborn - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Vox Humana * 02 No Lookin' Back * 03 Let There Be Love * 04 I'll Be There * 05 I'm Gonna Do It Right * 06 Forever * 07 At Last * 08 Loraine * 09 Love Will Follow

WEBLINKS: www.kennyloggins.com


Background
After riding the wave of the title tracks for 'Caddyshack' and 'Footloose' it seemed Kenny Loggins was in real danger of being pegged as a soundtrack expert. He did record some excellent solo albums however, one of which 1982's 'High Adventures' was reviewed here eons ago. In 1985 Loggins finally followed that album up and hired an accomplished list of familiar AOR musicians that can be viewed above. Unlike earlier albums which were more organic AOR efforts, Loggins went the hi-tech AOR direction for 'Vox Humana' which was pretty much the edict at the time for any artist. I've had a copy of this album for longer than I can recall and after finally giving it a shot recently it definitely is a product of its time with a few highlights. Is it among Loggins best though? That's open to question..


The Songs
The title track is a virtual copy of Loggins' 1980 hit 'I'm Alright' with the same musical inhibitions and vocal delivery that made that song so popular. It's so identical it might as well be the same song, with some updated 80's keyboards making little difference. It's the least synthesized track however, not that it saves it. The high-tech element kicks into high gear on the excellent 'No Lookin' Back' which is the best pure AOR melody the album has to offer. The synthesizer touches really put this one over the top. 'Let There Be Love' is an energetic romp, much in the vein of similar period Christopher Cross while 'I'll Be There' could pass for Go West. There's a touch of funk in the bouncy 'I'm Gonna Do It Right' which covers the same ground as a Jeffrey Osborne or Lionel Richie with the keyboard flurries. The massive ballad 'Forever' probably lit up thousands of high school proms in 1985, with the tear-drenched melody reaching Peter Cetera levels. 'At Last' is a bit too slick for my liking, but 'Loraine' has some ludicrous synth parps which come across as blatant but effective. The sultry 'Love Will Follow' is an ambitious seven minutes and sees Loggins doing the time honored undercover lover routine, with the sax playing a major role. It's easy to imagine Kenny walking on the beach with his feet in the sand, waves crashing and his shirt unbuttoned, seeing visions of some old flame.


In Summary
This album went gold upon release and featured a few minor hits, paling by comparison to the success Loggins would have a year later with his contributions to the 'Top Gun' soundtrack, 'Danger Zone' and 'Playing With The Boys'. It once and for all cemented Loggins position as a soundtrack king, but tended to obscure albums like 'Vox Humana' which is a reasonable product of its time, with some more than acceptable additions to the AOR library.


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