1. Give Me A Reason
2. Hare & Hounds
3. Language of Love
4. Tables Turning
5. Dancer in the Rain
6. Place in the Sun
7. My Heart Beats For You
8. Forever By Your Side
9. In the Arms of Love
10. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
AOR Heaven 2002
|More Street Talk:
Madison - Best in Show (1987)
Yngwie Malmsteen - Fire and Ice (1992)
Reingold - Universe (1999)
|It's no mystery by now... I'm an admitted Goran
Edman *fan*atic*. So anything 'new' he performs on is treated with the utmost level of
excitement, and the Street Talk project is no exception. His lush vocals could reduce the
most hard hearted into tender tears in under 30 seconds flat. And Edman is not even the
focus of this group! That would be Fredrik Bergh, who seems hell bent on creating
"Journey" for the 90s..err..2000s now, and has he ever succeeded. The tapestries
are multi-dimensional with something new awaiting to pounce for each new run-through and
the melodies are lush, amazing and absolutely relaxing. Bergh's creations are not just
musical compositions but songs to dream by. Floaty and delicate, their pop sensibilities
are their strengths, yet without the distinctive pipes of the lead singing Swede, the ride
would be much less enticing. Fredrik lays down the lines and Edman brings them to life
with a pointed purpose every time.
The first fluffy Street Talk cloud, "Collaboration", drifted by nearly unnoticed. Edman was on board from the get-go but was unfortunately joined by two others, Daniel Jonsson and Kristian Andren, both left no doubt as to who the 'real' singer on the disc was. Goran showed them both up with his dizzying performances that were sure to leave the audience breathless. Andren and Jonsson just could not compete with such talent and thus when it was time to record the follow up, "Transistion", a wise decision was made, and Edman was left to go it alone. A duo of tongue and cheek partial rockers and a host of delicate ballads sent the disc up with style yet substance. Unfortunately, the latest "Restoration" sees a newcomer to the Street Talk gang moving in on the Swedish sensation's territory. Hugo has been welcomed aboard and while his efforts are appreciated and his material clipping it close to the Journey mothership, personally it leaves us craving to hear Goran dropped into these particular parts as well. You just can't get enough of a good thing y'know. Then again, with many of the songs sounding so... similiar... its nice to hear a fresh voice for a track or two so its a give and take situation that might have been agreed on for the best.
The major differences seperating "Restoration" with the other two is the guitars. Sven Larsson has been thrown some extra opportunities his way and he makes the most of them with smooth, easy flowing solos and silken riffs that add luscious curves to the already curvaceous material, which by the way, has also been given a much needed shot in the arm. Yes its as soft and pliable as stated earlier, but the whole tempo has been given a hefty lift while retaining its dream-like qualities. This is holding-hands-on-the-beach-during-a-beautiful-sunset-with-the-one-you-love music. Delicate like the kiss of a butterfly, soft as the downy wings of a dove, or gentle as the breeze from a hummingbird's wings, Street Talk explores the language of love in all its forms, fashions and precious beauty.
"Give Me A Reason"
Looking for a metal fix? Then pass on by, for this contains no grit, no rock, and its all about love, baby. A Valentine's confection but with the kind of emotional depth that has been missing from US American radio since way before the Titanic sunk and Celine Dion stormed the airwaves with her contrived mega ballad. This scarce beacon of song solidity is about the only thing that the pop princesses haven't exposed yet... So if you are searching for that AOR disc that will win over your lady friends, ease you into a safe, protective dreamland on a bleary eyed insomniac night, and sweep your troubles away with catchy choruses and carefree rhythms, then "Restoration" will surely do the trick.
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