Sunday, August 22, 2010

Classic melodic rock CD of the week

By Stephen Kasenda

ALIAS "Alias" (1990)

The short-lived supergroup, Alias, which consisted of former Sheriff singer Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi along with Heart founding members, found a sweet success in 1990 with their sole eponymous debut selling over a million copies, with their most successful single, "More Than Words Can Say", conquered t...he TV and radio. Alias' musical style is pure AOR with several ballads and midtempo tracks, and the highlight of the band is on Curci's smooth-as-silk and soaring voice.

Aside from the infamous ballad, I love the second single, "Waiting For Love", which I think is better than "More Than Words Can Say". The sweet drop of dreamy keyboard at the intro is enchanting and sounded so 80s. The song is just timeless and one of the few tracks that I keep listening to this day. The third single, "Haunted Heart", is also very good, but I think "After All The Love Is Gone" contained a bigger potential and this song should have been huge, in my opinion. Some other good tracks that worth listening to are "One More Chance" and "True Emotion". It's a shame that the rest tracks are pretty decent and passable.

Alias' debut is one of the mandatory albums that belong to every glam and AOR lovers because of the two huge singles alone, but since you can also find at least 3-4 other great tracks and it's quite easy to find this pretty cheap, it's a big purchase for you not too missed.

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