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Anderson, Kerri - 1991 Labyrinth



ARTIST: Anderson, Kerri
ALBUM: Labyrinth
LABEL: Impact
SERIAL: CDP 745015-2
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kerri Anderson - lead vocals, guitar * Spencer Sercombe - guitar, backing vocals * Lenny Castro - percussion * Greg Ellis - drums * Jim Lang - arranger, engineer, programming * Mark Levang - drum programming, drums, keyboard programming, keyboards, programming * Jeffrey Morrow, Don Schiff - bass, chapman stick

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ghosts * 02 In The Night * 03 Corner Of Life * 04 I Will Disappear * 05 Angel Says * 06 One Day * 07 Where David Sleeps * 08 Without Me * 09 Day By Day * 10 Labyrinth


Background
From Edmonton, Alberta, singer/songwriter Kerri Anderson released this one-off CD at the tail-end of 1991 to good acclaim. I remember reading about this in AOR Boulevard magazine, and being keen enough to track it down. Recorded for Randy Nicklaus' Impact label, the album features some notable musicians including Shark Island Spencer Sercombe and percussionist to the stars: Lenny Castro. The material here splits into two personalities. An ambient quasi rock setting, and then the occasional hard rock blast-out which sounds quite decent actually, though this is only for about three songs on the album. On some songs Kerri sounds like former Scandal singer Patty Smyth. Let's take a listen.


The Songs
Kerri's best known song here is the opening 'Ghosts'. It probably represents Ms Anderson's capability across the album in the best way. 'In The Night' is an exceptional hard rock track, and here you can pick up those Shark Island references thanks to Mr Sercombe. 'Corner Of Life' has this country rock thing going on. Maybe it's an Alberta thing? Or maybe Nashville. Regardless, it's OK, though a touch different to the rest of the material here. The first of the ambient ballads is 'I Will Disappear'. A very subdued tune, where Kerri's voice is very similar to Patty Smyth, as mentioned previously. Also taking a smooth route is the melodic and mid-tempo 'Angel Says', the verses are very mellow, with the chorus lifting the energy. There's a lot of percussive shuffling on 'One Day', it didn't really gel for me, 'Where David Sleeps' was a better track, following in the same style as 'Angel Says' two tracks before. 'Without Me' is an acoustic number, which reminded me of fellow Canadian Alannah Myles's 'Lover Of Mine'. Kerri 'the chameleon' returns with the hard rocking 'Day By Day', which sounds nothing like the previous five tracks. The finale is the title-track 'Labyrinth'. Very ambient again, as you would expect from the song-title, it meanders mostly across 5 minutes, and closes out on an understated glide.


In Summary
Kerri received a nomination for the 1992 Juno Awards, which was a justification for the effort put into recording 'Labyrinth'. Unfortunately, her record label was in the process of being sold to MCA Records, and as it turned out, she went with the outgoing tide. A decent CD and if you can pick it up on Ebay for a few bucks, then please do so.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 22 2017 05:05:58
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