Frederic Slama, the
french AOR-maestro, has done it again! Well, actually this is the first
official release of his notorious 2000 private release, so it’s not
really a new album. But anyway, he’s gathered the troops again and
this time around a great mixture of AOR-stars frequent this release.
Steve Lukather, Tommy
Denander, Michael Landau, Gregg Bissonette, Lenny Castro, Doug St. John,
Jeff Porcaro and many others provide their talents on this allstar
It’s great for me to
hear ”real” AOR released in 2006. Normally the 80’s AOR-pearls are
hard to compete with but Frederic Slama has always had the potential to
create that timewarp leading back to the golden decade of AOR!
The sound and style is
similar to bands like DRIVE, SHE SAID, TOTO, AGENT and the softer
AOR-acts in general. The best thing about AOR (the band!) is
Frederic’s fine sense of dynamics, adding a very delicate touch of
”movement” in each song.
This is really one of
the better AOR albums released this year. True to the roots of the genre
and exposing a lot of ”stars” from the scene.
could ask for more?
Only letdown is the
weak production which shines through on various songs.