AOR - L.A. Temptation (2012)
At this time all of you have heard about AOR project masterminded by French musician and composer Frédéric Slama.
His latest album "L. A. Temptation" is another in the line of albums with 'L.A.' in its title, marking Slama's fascination with American West Coast AOR.
The new CD is once more created in an impressive manner with a bunch of outstanding guests as usual: vocals by Chris Ousey (Heartland), Göran Edman, James Christian (House of Lords), Paul Sabu, Jerry Hludzik (Dakota) to name some, and Tommy Denander conducting the instrumental contributions of Michael Landau, Bruce Gaitsch, Alessandro Del Vecchio, etc.
"L.A. Temptation" is the more Euro Melodic Rock recording of this project until now.
The AOR style is still here, but the main sound approach leans more into MR and modern production.
So if you're a bit bored or complaining that this project always sounds the same, you will be surprised by this new CD. Definitely with more bite and rocking moments. Production is much better than in previous efforts, specially the drums.
My favorites are the (believe it or not) only real ballad here; "Second Chance at Love" where Edman sings a sweet melody with soaring guitars in the background, and the uptempo "Silent Victory" as it's strange hear the raspy vocals of Paul Shortino singing this type of stuff, but he delivers a flawless performance.
Extremely polished and warmly produced, "L. A. Temptation" is another fine installment from these experienced and classy musicians.
01 - No Margin For Error (Philip Bardowell)
02 - Above Suspicion (Goran Edman)
03 - From L.A. To Paris (Chris Ousey)
04 - A Heartbeat Away (James Christian)
05 - Silent Victory (Paul Shortino)
06 - No One's Gonna Hurt Me Anymore (Rick Riso)
07 - Second Chance At Love (Goran Edman)
08 - Out On The Streets (Paul Sabu)
09 - Hold Back The Dawn (Jerry Hludzik)
10 - The Price To Pay (Hank Erix & Goran Edman)
11 - Outside Heaven (Paul Sabu)
12 - When Darkness Falls (Joey Summer) Frédéric Slama : Guitars & Keyboards
Tommy Denander : All Instruments
Paul Sabu : Lead Vocals & All Instruments
Jerry Hludzik : Lead Vocals
James Christian : Lead Vocals
Göran Edman : Lead Vocals
Chris Ousey : Lead Vocals
Philip Bardowell : Lead Vocals
Paul Shortino : Lead Vocals
Hank Erix : Lead Vocals
Rick Riso : Lead Vocals
Joey Summer : Lead Vocals
Michael Landau : Guitars
Bruce Gaitsch : Guitars
Christian Tolle : Guitars
David Mark Pearce : Guitars
Stefano Lionetti : Guitars
Mario Percudani : Guitars
Linkan Andersson : Guitars
David Diggs : Keyboards
Alessandro Del Vecchio : Keyboards
Morris Adriaens : Keyboards
Anna Portalupi : Bass
Urban Danielsson :Bass
Martin Karlsson : Bass
Mike Baird : Drums
Pierpaolo Monti : Drums
John Barbour : Backing Vocals
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