Title: L.A. DarknessLabel: Escape Music
it comes releasing to quality album after quality album, you
have to look no further than Fredric Slama’s AOR Project,
as album after album highlights all aspects of the Melodic
Rock genres, from the South Coast AOR to Hard Rock and all
points in between.
in 2016 Slama returns with what is the 15th album in the
series with another mix of stella songs featuring the crème
de la crème of the genre’s vocalists.
this album we see Kevin Chalfant, Steve Overland, Jeff Scott
Soto, Paul Sabu, Jesse Damon, Henry Small, Philip Bardowell
and Rick Riso lending both lead and backing vocals. As
well as Slama’s partner in crime Tommy Denander, we have
Colin Rodgers on drums and even Alessandro Del Vecchioo
lending his gentle tones as backing vocals.
what about the album? Well anyone who has followed the
albums knows that Slama mixes things up from album to album
and this time he brings a touch of Foreigner, Journey and
Toto to the mix, leaning towards the heavier spectrum of
get underway with ‘The Smartest Girl in L.A.’, and from
the off the hearts of many of melodic rock with just burst
with joy, as Scott Soto unleashes those unmistakable
pipes. I'm delighted to confirm that all the quality
of the musicianship that has become part and parcel of the
whole AOR Project over the past 14 album, continues on with
album number 15.
great melody rich rock continues with ‘The Locked Soul’,
with Mr Melodic Rock himself FM’s Steve Overland laying
down his sultry tones on the this one. This is another
masterclass in pure bred Melodic Rock from Slama and Co.
Melodic or AOR album wouldn’t be complete without a ballad
or two and 'L.A. Darkness' is no different, as the wonderful
‘One Foot in Heaven’ shows the mellower side of the
album, with Chalfant bringing forth the goods vocally on
tempo is picked up once more with the edgier ‘Blueprint
For Love’, with Jesse Damon providing the Hard Rocking
vocals for this one, before the wonderful ‘Desire Turning
Into Dust’, again edging towards the heavier side of the
AOR genre, with Phillip Bardowell giving the beans on this
is a great riff and keyboard sound running through ‘Heart
In Pawn’, the second song featuring Overland, again the
maestro shows why he's been at the top of the melodic game
for such a long time.
time to pick up the pace a little more with ‘Seven
Storms’, that sees Prism’s Henry Small provide the
vocals for this 70’s styled rocker, before returning to
the now for the stunning ‘Why Girls Say No’ and the
excellent ‘Dangerous Fascination’, which features one of
my all time favourite vocalists Paul Sabu, bringing that
unmistakable raspy hard rock edge to this one.
album closes with the instrumental ‘Burning Rainbows',
which gives Denander and Slama a chance to show their
musicianship and wraps up an album that is one stylish slice
of Rock, from the pen of Slama and Denander and those
involved in the project. This one is definitely up
there as one of albums of the genre for 2016.
Review by: Barry McMinn
The Smartest Girl In L.A.
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