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Boston, Life Love & Hope (Frontiers Records)


12/19/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 This surprise freebie came in for proper review a day or so after I put the other week’s snark column to bed, the Playlist where I made fun of this band — more specifically bandleader Tom Scholtz — for not having had an original idea since 1976. The band’s debut album is of course the stuff of legend, but it took many years to finish, spoiling Scholtz for real record contracts, which in those days called for one year between albums. On LL&H, the band’s antiseptic, heavily layered pseudo-prog hasn’t changed; it ends up reading like some weird form of tribute-ish thing, with every past vocalist but Stryper’s Michael Sweet taking whacks at these songs. The tragically departed Brad Delp weighs in on three songs, “Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love,” “Someone” (both of those tunes are sort of OK after Toto and Van Hagar sorts of fashion, although both feature brain-freeze moments wherein Scholtz microwaves “More Than a Feeling”) and the album’s worst moment, an unintentional ballad with Kimberly Dahme (“Sail Away”). The slide guitar on “You Gave Up on Love 2.0” is a welcome curveball, but there’s some hobbit in there playing a flute. A flute. C+ — Eric W. Saeger

As seen in the December 19th, 2013 issue of The Hippo

 

 





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