Thursday, 23 November 2017
However - Calling (1985)
The second and final album from this US band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, woodwinds, percussions, synths, piano, bells, keyboards and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
The band also had help from numerous other musicians who added moog, violin, cello and vocals.
Please note that this is a review of the 1985 album and not the two re-releases of this album.
I reviewed their 1981 debut album Sudden Dusk one week ago and was not that impressed. My review is here.
So I was not exactly full of hope when approaching this album despite of the excellent reviews it has got in ProgArchives. It is rated as a Great album there and as a classic masterpiece. Well..... with all respect.
The album starts with a female vocals lead AOR track and my fears is being confirmed. Another AOR track confirms my fears.
The album takes a bit of a detour towards fusion and some jazzy vocals songs after that. And yes, we are revisiting AOR land again.
This album is a truly album of ideas and songs from various genres thrown together. All forty odd minutes of this album. The quality standard are decent but just that. I am not impressed at all by this album and band. Sorry......