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Super Smooth AOR - Foreigner Return!
on 6 February 2010
I have been looking forward to this album for several years since Kelly Hansen joined Foreigner. Anyone who has heard him sing with Foreigner will know that he does real justice to their back catalogue of classic hits. The biggest compliment I can pay is that you can imagine Lou Gramm singing all these songs on this album. That is not to say that Kelly has simply mimicked Lou as he has his own brilliant style.
This album is superbly produced perfect AOR and a lot lighter than Lou Gramm's solo album but highlights the strength of Mick Jones' songwriting qualities.
Title track Can't Slow Down starts the album off in fine style and is the heaviest track on the album.
In Pieces is more atmospheric and is my personal favorite and really highlights Kelly Hansen's vocal qualities.
When It Comes To Love starts with signature Foreigner saxophone and is super-smooth AOR ballad. Another outstanding vocal performance from Kelly Hansen on this one.
Living In A Dream is one of those tracks you could really imagine Lou Gramm singing.
A great piano intro starts another great ballad I Can't Give Up.
Ready and Give Me A Sign return the album to a more rocking vibe.
I'll Be Home Tonight is yet another super smooth AOR track with a great chorus.
Too Late has a Maroon 5 feel to it and is yet another quality track.
As Long As I Live and Angel Tonight are typical classic Foreigner.
Fool For You Anyway has a Hall & Oates feel to it and is a great album track but perhaps not the best to close the album.
This is a quality AOR release with consistently great songs throughout and arguably the second best album release by Foreigner since the seminal 4 way back in 1981. The one minor flaw is the lack of any out and out rockers like Urgent, Juke-Box Hero or Dirty White Boy. Also surprisingly there are no power ballads like I Wanna Know What Love Is or Waiting For A Girl Like You. Credit must be given, however, for not simply trying to cash in on past glories. Kelly Hansen is the real star of this album, however, he owes a major debt of gratitude to Mick Jones for providing him with such excellent songs to sing. The bonus disc of Foreigner classics highlights how well Kelly Hansen covers these tunes.
If you like tour rock hard and heavy then I would steer clear of this album, however, if you have a penchant for classic AOR then I would highly recommend this album. One of the albums of the year.