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Street Talk - 2004 Destination


STREET TALK - DESTINATION (2004, MTM MUSIC)
Goran Edman - vocals
Hugo - vocals
Fredrik Bergh - keyboards
Sven Larsson - guitars
Tony Franklin - bass
Bjorn Lodmark - bass
Christian Johansson - drums


Background
Isn't that usually the case with the saying: 'You don't appreciate something until its finally gone!' This phrase applies to the dearly departed Street Talk, one of the finest AOR/West Coast bands to venture out of Sweden, without ever having landed a foot on Rodeo Drive! This is their most recent album, but it also happens to be their last. 'Destination' indeed, but boy, what a way to go out! Fredrik Bergh and his team of musical mavericks have given the trendy music industry the proverbial two-fingered salute, not caring for jumping on the commercial bandwagon that looks as if it's slip-sliding away into hip-hop hell!! With the music being as warm and as heartfelt as this, why would they anyway? If this is the last album from the band, then they've left us with a lovely selection of 18 tunes, many of them heard from previous outings such as 'Collaboration', 'Transition' and 'Restoration'. The band have been described as part Toto and part Journey: many fans wading into discussion forum debate on the subject. Who cares? The fact is: they are a bit of everything. The familiar vocal presence of Goran 'who haven't I sung with!' Edman adding class, while the killer guitar runs of Sven Larsson (previously heard with Madgrial and GDAZE favourites Xinema) lift many of the songs to a higher level.

The Songs
For instance, 'Language Of Love' is an AORsters dream, containing everything the genre holds dear. 'Ye Gods And Little Fishes' sounds great too.. perhaps I appreciate the tracks from the 'Transition' album a whole lot more now since first reviewing it back in 2000. The tracks where Hugo (ex Valentine and Open Skyz) sings are wonderful moments too. His appearances on 'My Heart Beats For You' and the especially magical 'Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight' are absolute killers. Journey freaks take a listen to this guy.. and imagine what he'd be like fronting his heroes! Of course the songs that do it for me are those I've heard previously on their 'Collaboration' album.. 'Walk Away From Love', 'Could You Be The Only One', 'Standing In The Rain' and the very Zappacosta sounding 'If You Say Its Over', courtesy of Goran Edman. Fredrik throws a couple of instrumentals into the mix: 'I'll Always Remember' an L.A session-like workout, not forgetting the smooth espresso flavouring of 'After The Tears', where Larsson emulates Neal Schon circa his 'Beyond The Thunder' instrumental album.

In Summary
18 tracks, a heap of musical listening time, classy musicians, and a celebration of a great band who appear to have knocked it on the head. Thanks for the memories Fredrik. Let's hope its not the end, but hey.. if you say it's over, then who am I to argue?

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Track Listing:
01 Astray
02 Tables Turning
03 Ye Gods And Little Fishes
04 Dancer In The Rain
05 Made For Paradise
06 Hare And Hounds
07 Need Someone
08 Language Of Love
09 If You Say It's Over
10 Someday (I'll Get Over You)
11 After The Tears
12 Walk Away From Love
13 My Heart Beats For You
14 Could You Be The Only One
15 If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
16 Standing In The Rain
17 Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
18 I'll Always Remember

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:11:55
Highly recommended compilation of their 3 albums plus a couple of excellent new tracks & 2 Jap bonuses. If you don't own the Jap versions, then this is definately worthwhile for these 4 tracks alone. Highlights from this are difficult to choose as the standards are so high.If I have to then 'Hare & Hounds' wins it,although huge kudos for the new track 'Astray' which is superb. superb
 
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