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Loud And Clear - 2002 Disc-Connected

Jess Harnell - vocals
Chuck Duran - guitars, vocals
Alex Track - drums, keyboards

It's going back a few years now, but Loud And Clear put out a few demos at the start of the 90's. They were lumped in together at the same stage as bands like Storyteller, In The Pink and Stun Leer, though it took a few years for the promise to be realized. From L.A, these guys have a few strands of eighties hair-metal in their cosmetics kit, and their previous works could very well have been Journey cover-band material, circa their 'Evolution' and 'Departure' era. Thankfully the journey-isms are less obvious this time around, and one has to admit that Loud And Clear's approach for 'Disc-Connected' is not as ham-fisted as before, preferring instead to veer down the same side of the BLVD as Harem Scarem for instance. The reason for this will become obvious as you progress through some of the tracks, which integrates their own tunes with some of AOR's classics. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see how many of them you can pick.

The Songs
A couple of these tracks are quite cleverly put together. Appearing at first to be seamless, but upon closer inspection they put in snippets of well known tunes into the mix which ordinarily you wouldn't think twice.. until you say to yourself 'where have I heard that before?' Reading some of the reviews elsewhere around the Internet, many of them have overlooked this vital discographic detail. Shame on them! lol. Opening tune 'Tell Me Why' has Harnell doing a faint Axel Rose 'Sweet Child Of Mine' vocalism, while the chorus sneaks a peak at Franke And The Knockouts 'Carrie Why'.. only just. How on earth they combine it I'll be damned, but combine it they do. Second up 'Ain't Talkin About Nothin' sees them singing The Storm's 'You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone' through the mid-section. That one was obvious. Title track 'Disc Connected' has a stomping Von Groove affliction running through it. 'When I Feel Like That' has that same modern edge heard on the recent Harem Scarem album, though Jess' vocals have a Joe Elliot rasp to it. On 'Time To Let Go', it's a visit back to debut album Harem Scarem.. again that one was obvious. The remainder of the tracks are a meld of Leppard and Scarem styles, and though reasonable to listen to, the real 'mc coy' is still where it's at.

In Summary
A good effort though, and for those who enjoyed Scarem's 'Weight Of The World', you'll get a lot out of this release for sure.


Track Listing:
01 Tell Me Why
02 Ain't Talkin' Bout Nothin'
03 Fly Away
04 Disc Connected
05 When I Feel Like That
06 Time To Let Go
07 Dangerous Imagination
08 Lovers In The Night
09 If It Takes All Night
10 Take Another Look
11 I Can't Wait
12 You Take Me Higher
13 You Gotta Dance

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