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Face To Face - 1984 Face To Face

ARTIST: Face To Face
ALBUM: Face To Face
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1988, Sony (Japan), 25-8P-5083


LINEUP: Laurie Sargent - vocals * Stuart Kimball - lead guitars * Angelo Petraglia - rhythm guitars * John Ryder - bass * Billy Beard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Out Of My Hands * 02 All Because Of You * 03 Face In Front Of Mine * 04 Pictures Of You * 05 Over The Edge * 06 Under The Gun * 07 10-9-8 * 08 Don't Talk Like That * 09 Heaven On Earth * 10 Wreckless Heart

Here's an interesting pop/rock band from Boston, who released a couple of albums during the eighties. Face To Face were a very stylish female fronted band, with hints of commercial pop and AOR, somewhere in the vicinity of Toronto and Patty Smyth And Scandal. Not sure how they got away with using four different producers. How the hell does that work anyway? Talk about cooks in the kitchen. We're not exactly talking about continuity here, but somehow they manage to pull it off. In vocalist Laurie Sargent they have a singer who can mix it up: smooth one minute and slightly rough-house the next. A good contrast, as can be heard throughout the course of the album.

The Songs
Starting up with 'Out Of My Hands', Laurie's strong vocals dominate proceedings. 'Face In Front Of Mine' cruises effortlessly up AOR Boulevard, one of the highlights of the album for me. 'Pictures Of You' is a catchy piece of bubblegum fluff followed by the razor edged pop of 'Over The Edge'. Onto Side Two and 'Under The Gun' sounds like a pop rock copycat of Gloria Estefan's Miami Sound Machine. A very busy song this one. Perhaps this is a side-effect of those aforementioned cooks? Of course the band are best remembered for their minor Top 40 hit '10-9-8', which has since appeared on many 80's compilation albums sourced from the Epic/CBS vault. Rounding out the album are a couple of half decent tracks in 'Heaven On Earth' and 'Wreckless Heart'. They were obviously going through some 'planet phase/thing' there?

In Summary
All in all, a mixed bag, and while they could have easily slotted into numerous genres, they fell into the slipstream of the 'faceless' nebula that was the U.S eighties pop rock scene. The band were unable to break through on their initial promise, even though they did make a quasi appearance as the featured band Fire Inc, in a movie around 84/85 called 'Streets Of Fire'. A follow up album 'One Big Day' appeared some years later, but by then, all significant interest had been lost with the band.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on November 08 2015 18:35:08
Another welcome CD reissue from the Wounded Bird label. They reissued this and the follow up 'Confrontation' in 2006, twenty years after the band's third album 'One Big Day' was released.
#2 | Explorer on November 08 2015 21:19:56
...and with thanks to Swazi I finally managed to get hold of this gem of an album on CD last year.Great stuff.
#3 | Nick C on November 08 2015 23:15:12
I just didn't get into this band - I picked up their first 2 albums on vinyl at a Virgin Records sale a long time back and at the time I was probably going through a Paul Suter style female fronted rock band phase or something, but I thought they were both rather patchy and unfortunately they got sold off in a clear out. Older and more mellow now I might enjoy them - Billy Beard is a hell of a name though Grin
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