Title: This TimeLabel: Escape Music
chaps, what have the following artistes got in common?
Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Bryan Adams, Motley Crue,
Quincy Jones and Madonna? NO? Well, each of these and MANY
more have had multi-instrumentalist Michael Thompson and
vocalist Billy Trudel, aka Culver Kingz, backing them up
one way or another over the years, and since this duo met
in 1983, it was always on the cards that they'd get it
together properly and release something of their own,
hence 'This Time', which has elements of said stars and
others rubbing off them and getting in the feel of this
It could be that all this easy listening R&B music is wearing thin for (mainly) a Rock fan, but 'Forever' just begins to sound a wee like the previous couple of tracks, (late 80's/early 90's T.O.T.P. anyone?), so there's eventually some kind of respite with the return of the Winwood sounding blues-based 'Coming Home Soon', in fact, Vintage Trouble springs to mind the longer the song goes on, as they have recently dabbled with ballads such as this on their last album. Talking of ballads, the album comes to it's fruition on the shimmering guitared 'You're Not Alone', this time a more modern sounding track a la Maroon 5 style, again not quite building up to anything over first gear, but this time it does have a spark about it that means it doesn't really have to, even if the riff that comes along in spurts gives a little lease of' oomph' without spoiling the moment, and not taking away the fact that this (for me) is the best song on the album, which as a whole, is as diverse an album as you'll hear for the rest of the year or even perhaps the next! Explore it with an open mind, it's a grower.
Review by: Robb Baldwin
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