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Think Out Loud - 1997 Shelf Life

ARTIST: Think Out Loud
ALBUM: Shelf Life
SERIAL: 199629
YEAR: 1997


LINEUP: Steve Kipner - vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, progamming * Peter Beckett - vocals, guitars, programming

TRACK LISTING: 01 Castles On Quicksand * 02 Way Beyond My Reach * 03 Don't Throw It Away * 04 From Where I Stand * 05 Answer To The Why * 06 Moonlight On Water * 07 Just Like That * 08 Lets Talk About Love * 09 I'll Find My Way Again * 10 Calm Before The Storm * 11 Dancing On A High Wire * 12 Invisible Man * 13 Invisible Man (Remix)

This is the second album from this West Coast oriented duo, coming nine years after their debut effort. When the names of Kipner and Beckett are involved in any musical project, you just know it's gonna be melodic, and so it proves the case here. Though this is an MTM release from '97, the songs themselves do not represent that timeframe. They are effectively a bunch of tunes recorded in days gone by, which have been rebadged. A past interview with Peter Beckett on a European melodic rock website more or less confirms that. In any event, if these are so called 'fillers' then their best material must be something unbelievable, as these are pretty good.

The Songs
Musically we see snippets of Planet 3 and Chicago, though in all honesty there are a lot more West Coast influences than I would care to name.. mainly because there are so many! Opening up with 'Castles On Quicksand', this is sooo much like Planet 3, very cool and very AOR! A great way to start. 'Way Beyond My Reach' is accentuated by it's all round smoothness, followed by the lyrical despair of 'Don't Throw It Away', which has a lovely chorus. One of the album highlights is 'From Where I Stand'.. a West Coast speciality, with the aforementioned bands playing an influential part. A return to the hi-tech eighties is displayed on 'Moonlight On Water', whereas 'I'll Find My Way Again' sung by Kipner, moves into ballad territory, though not altogether that convincingly. Then we get a real eighties retro track with 'Dancing On A High Wire', with so much parping brass going on you'd think you were listening to an Airplay track. We return to form with the very nice 'Calm Before The Storm' plus the simple acoustic base of 'Invisible Man'.

In Summary
If you're into West Coast then there are heaps of neat moments on here to warrant checking this album out. We have yet to see anything substantial come out of Messrs Kipner and Beckett of late, though there are still rumours flying about regarding a Player reunion involving Peter and his good buddy Ron Moss. Get a move on then.

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