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Gilder, Nick - 1985 Nick Gilder

ARTIST: Gilder, Nick
ALBUM: Nick Gilder
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2013, Yesterrock, YR201341


LINEUP: Nick Glider - vocals * Steve (Psycho) Sykes, Jeff Silverman - guitars * Eric Nelson - bass * Pat Mastelotto - drums * Charlie Giordano, Phil Shenale, Mitchell Froom - keyboards * Tom Scott - sax solo on 'Sabotage'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Scream Of Angels * 02 Footsteps * 03 Let Me In * 04 Fingerprints * 05 Miles To Go * 06 Waterfront * 07 Rebel * 08 Nowhere To Run * 09 Sabotage * 10 Don't Forget


This album made as much noise on release in 1985 than a glider taking off from Dunstable Downs (well known site in Bedfordshire for the flying of gliders). Of course to most of us and certainly me Nick will always be linked to 'Hot Child In The City' and with a couple of albums relating to that time zone, show Nick to have peppered the power pop genre into submission, so after recently buying this album I wasn't really anticipating what was on offer here. Hold the front page as this was a shock, as this album lives and breathes the spirit of AOR and on reflection is an album full of mirror smooth melodies. In fact in places, you could have the Steve Perry staring back at you.

The Songs
'Scream Of Angels' by some evil coincidence has an opening that has shades of Bryan Adams (those historians among you may remember that Bryan replaced Nick in Sweeney Todd) and add to this description take someone like Kevin Raleigh then you have a fine AOR track, and not the slight whiff of power pop, and to cement that view, add in a couple of 'whoa whoa's, and it seems as if Steve Perry just happened to be walking by. You see Nick Glider could have become a rock god that summer, the transition continued with the beautiful 'Footsteps'. This immediately pitches itself into Eric Carmen's, 'Hungry Eyes' and I just love the backing vocals, which has a flavour of Tim Goodman. The keyboards are flickering in the moonlight, and then I am guessing at Clif Magness. A video was shot for this and the track featured in the movie, 'Youngblood'.. nope never heard of it either. 'Let Me In' just powers into AOR wonderland, slips into Boulevard with those real fluffy ice cream melodies. Better still is the Motown inspired 'Fingerprints', yes Motown. This should have appeared on Steve Perry's 'Street Talk', or something Joe Lynn Turner would have squeezed onto his 'Rescue You' album. This is waiting to be covered, I'll make the point again, Nick seems to be stuck on Steve Perry's vocal lines and it really works, intentional or not? Seriously this has been my favourite song of the year, and it is nearly 30 years old.

There's a touch of melodic guitar reminiscent of Loud Lion, sorry I meant Def Leppard but certainly not Joe Elliott on 'Miles To Go' and a hook from the time when FM were able to compose catchy AOR songs. Pulling up the roots of John Kilzer is 'Waterfront', probably the first time I'm looking at the seconds ticking their way down. It's OK but just heard it some many times already, nice guitar sound though. 'Rebel' does have an encouraging Tommy Shaw style composition, all against the world anthem, but still good enough to appear in an imagery Damn Yankees live set when it was the turn to highlight solo careers. With the second half, it seems to be wilting in the heat but 'Nowhere To Run' is the first term Nicky really gets feisty, but soon becomes a Kenny Loggins outtake, but its Nick fault for spoiling us earlier. But Nick's finishing the album is way better than the Belgium's forward line against the USA with 'Sabotage', this is another finely crafted AOR attack, the layered interjection of the backing vocals is crucial, plus the energy created on 'Don't Forget' is more than a field of windmills. This is the most poppy inspired tune with an overflow of keyboards.

In Summary
An album of zero ballads but with a sound majority of AOR inspired tracks. Every time I play this my enthusiasm continues with the basket of sweet notes. Songwriting was the next career move and this album shows that like many great writers, Desmond Child, Holly Knight, solo success was out of reach, not due to the quality but a general unappreciated view of these artists. Well it took me this long to hook onto this album, re-released from Yesterrock in 2013 and if you take a glance of the liner notes, you notice the involvement of Magnus Soderkvist in getting this released. This album should not be ignored so please don't fall into the trap of AOR arrogance, we are never too old to learn.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 24 2014 06:42:02
Good album indeed!
#2 | Explorer on July 24 2014 10:33:06
Spot on review,for me Nick Gilder has never made a bad album.Excellent.
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