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  SOLEIL MOON
'On The Way To Everything'
(Frontiers)


Phil Kane

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Soleil Moon debuted in 1999 with the 'Worlds Apart' album. It made a big impact on U.S. Adult Contemporary radio with 'Willingly', 'Never Say Goodbye' and the title track all seriously bothering the national radio charts.

'On the Way to Everything' looks to do the same as its leadoff single and opening track, 'History Repeats It's Pages', has recently been working its way up the US National Adult Contemporary Charts.

'On The Way To Everything' originally came out in early 2011 yet I'm not sure if this is a rerelease or this write up is way overdue. The cover has changed but I don't know if it has had a remastering or not but it certainly sounds clear enough though 2011 is hardly a million years ago is it?

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Soleil Moon is a duo, vocalist Larry King who has recently done work for the Michael Thompson Band, and John Blasucci who has been manning the keyboards for Dennis DeYoung. With both men hailing from Chicago you can probably guess what sort of stuff they do, yes?

Of course you can because with guests, we'll not call it a band, that include Michael Thompson, Gerey Johnson, Chris Siebold and Craig Bauer on guitars, drummers Khari Parker, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tom Hipskind, and Richard Patterson, Leland Sklar, Dave Hiltebrand, Steven Rodby on bass you know 'On The Way To Everything' is going to be the slickest AOR you are likely to hear all year.

Exemplary performances, production and presentation makes this album so smooth you could slide down it on yer bare backside and not get a friction burn. Haunting the no man's land between the more recent offerings of Ten and the gently understated maudlin cry of Dare, 'On The Way To Everything' is a master class in how this sort of stuff should be done. Certainly, if you are a fan of the silky late night AOR knicker stripping Americana of GTS, Sonic Station and yes, even Chicago then this album will blow your nuts off.

There are times when the album borders on cheesy Euro MOR with 'Goodnight Irene', 'I'd Die For You' and the title track get a bit too close to schmaltzy for their own good. 'Move On' sounds like the sort of track that boy bands do to try and give themselves a little rock cred but without having to endure the danger and insecurity of the rock arena itself, a definite Eurovision contender.

As the album progresses, it settles into a groove that is a little too civilized and well, boring. Then bang, they hit you with the one two of 'Burn', a track that is about as rip snorting as 'On The Way To Everything' gets, followed by the chiming AOR of "Down". Yet it is a pairing that serves more as a nudge in the ribs than the slap in the face that this album desperately needs.

'Calling On The World' is very Mr Mister and the title track will remind you of something else entirely. 'On The Way To Everything' is joyously happy, full of the sort of sunshiny AOR that Christian bands excel at and/or end up as soundtracks to happy clappy American yoghurt ads and presidential election campaigns.

'On The Way To Everything' is almost perfect AOR; pristine and sparkly with a toothy smile. It is life affirming stuff that can get a bit annoying at times despite the breezy cover of the Beatles 'Blackbird'. It is late night music, an album that could strip a pair of knickers at a hundred paces blindfolded and she wouldn't even notice.


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26.11.12








 

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