Faces mirrors some of the great artists of the 80's melodic rock scene -
Foreigner, Chicago, Journey and Toto.
The La Blanc brothers, Robbie and Brian, hence the
strange name, have on this, their sophomore album once more been working with
the same team that made their self-titled first album such a thrill: Kyle
Woodring (Drums, Dennis DeYoung/Styx, Survivor, John Mellencamp), who sadly
passed away just weeks after the recordings was done, Jeff Batter (Cannata) on
keyboards, and Butch Taylor and Michael Patzig on lead guitar. Never change a
winning team, so Dennis Ward has mixed this album as well, and the sound is
crystal clear and well defined.
Normally I find that most
bands in this genre easily fall into the trap of sounding repetitive and cheesy,
but that's never the case with Blanc Faces. And they have written one of
the best melodic rock/A.O.R. albums in some time, with memorable and catchy
songs packed with great harmonies. So if you like the bands mentioned above -
add Tyketto, Survivor and Mecca to the list - then I suggest you give this one a
serious consideration as well...