Power of Metal.dk Review

L.A Connection
Style: Hard Rock /AOR
Release date: 18 July, 2014
Playing time: 46:15

Frédéric Slama is the brain behind this amazing hard rock project called AOR. 'L.A Connection' is the 13th album and Frederic has a fantastic line up this time (again). Together with his friend Tommy Denander (who he also shared the production work with), has done a darn good AOR album. I've been listening to this album for quite some time now and can't find a single filler track.

Extremely high quality in every track and the vocal capacity is tremendous. Fans of Foreigner, Giant, ASIA, Journey & Toto has something to check out. Timeless hard rock with stunning melodies and musical craftsmanship in world class. Stunning vocals, melodic guitar balm for my ears and excellent riff and hooks from Denander.

Bill Champlin opens the album with 'On the Edge of Glory', but my personal favourite song is 'Pride of Strangers' with Paul Sabu on vocals. Very catchy and hefty track with very melodic chorus. The charming voice of David Forbes is blessing the nice song 'Closer to Zero' with some sharp guitar loops from Tommy. Slama's keyboards are like a red fat wire through the songs. It gives the songs a base together with the bass and the drums.

'Age of Desire', with vocals by Rick Riso is another top notch track on the album. 'Lost Souls Don't Cry' with singer Philip Bardowell contains some timeless AOR keys and magical guitars. 'Exiled in Sadness' with the wonderful voice of Sherwood Ball, 'The Crystal Heart' with Bob Harris and “Circle of Danger” with strong female vocals by Tamara Champlin are all shining gems polished with masterful quality thinking. 'Once Off Guard' with vocalist Jeff Paris is flirting with the Asia and Yes sound.

Overall it is an album which will be on my Ipod for a long long time! Congrats to another top class AOR album!!

Line up:
Frédéric Slama (guitar & keyboards)
Tommy Denander (all instruments)
Bill Champlin (vocals, backing vocals)
Paul Sabu (vocals, backing vocals)
Jeff Paris (vocals, backing vocals)
Sherwood Ball (vocals, backing vocals)
David Forbes (vocals, backing vocals)
Bardowell Philip (vocals, backing vocals)
Bob Harris (vocals, backing vocals)
Rick Riso (vocals, backing vocals)
Tamara Champlin (vocals, backing vocals)
Newdeck Pete (vocals)
Colin Rodgers (guitars, bass)
Pat Thern (drums)

01. On the Edge of Glory
Pride of Strangers
Closer to Zero
Once Off Guard
Lost Souls don’t Cry
Exiled in Sadness
Age of Desire
Circle of Danger
The Crystal Heart
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Artwork rating: 84/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 11 July, 2014
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