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101 South No U-Turn AOR Heaven
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· Produced By: Roger Scott Craig

· Running Time: 42.37

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: AOR

· Links: AOR Heaven
59%
Songs: 75%
Sound: 45%
Another incredibly hard review for me to write as founding member, songwriter and keyboardist Roger Scott Craig is a wonderful guy and a strong advocate for musician's rights and anti-downloading laws. And between the bands Fortune, Harlan Cage and 101 South, he has recorded some world class AOR music that to this day I still enjoy. For me the pinnacle was Harlan Cage's Forbidden Colours.
The side project from HC was 101 South, featuring vocalist Gregory Lynn Hall. The two albums preceding this one featured a slicker, softer sound than Harlan Cage, but with that same moody overtone. The new album No U-Turn keeps that style in tact, but falls a long way short of its predecessors due to seriously below par production quality.
End Of The Game, From What You Know Now and When You're In Love are prime examples of what could have been with a better sound.
The vocals are up front in the mix, but Hall sounds a lot rougher than I remember him being. Very raspy this time around. Musically, the instrumentation lacks punch and the drums are really placid, rather than being the driving force behind the music.
There are still some highlights on offer – the seriously good classic moody, mid-tempo AOR of Lonely Heart for one. Just wish it had a bigger sound behind it.
What Are You Gonna Do Anyway could have been pomp anthem of the year if given the full production treatment previous albums received.
Yesterday's Gone is another uptempo track with comparisons to Harlan Cage, but the programmed drums and the guitars buried in the back of the mix just destroy it.
The great Chris Thompson takes over lead vocals for the haunting ballad Blue Skies, which is one of the stronger songs of the album.
The Bottom Line
All the issues with production can be squared of against the argument of dollars vs sales in this instant download society. But I do feel that AOR fans are a more loyal bunch and would happily pay extra for something that really blew them away. I think the songwriting is almost there and the album hints at greatness and memories of past glories, but the execution lets everything down. The majority of the album sounds like demos in comparison to past releases, which is a huge disappointment.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· 101 South
· Roll Of The Dice
· No U-Turn

Line Up:
· Gregory Lynn Hall: Vocals
· Roger Scott Craig: Keyboards, Vocals

With:
· Billy Liesegang, Ian Bairnson and David Pasillas: Guitars
· Hans Geiger: Drums
· Jimmy Turner: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· Roger Scott Craig
Track Listing
· When You're In Love
· All In The Game
· Lonely Heart *
· What Are You Gonna Do Anyway *
· End Of The Game *
· From What You Know Now
· Yesterday Is Gone
· Take Me Home
· Don't Tell Me It's Over
· Blue Skies *

--*Best Tracks


08/01/10: Oliver - ogi2121@web.de
Rating: 60
For sure RSC did some things the wrong way and his statement is a bit strange. But that´s one side of the coin, his new release the other. So a rating of 0% doesn´t really make sense.

But I´ve to admit, this release is a major disappointment. Very soft and sweet sounding, a bit like a new Chris Rea cd :-(
And all of the songs miss the catchy melodies that can be found on his former cds. As soon as you´ve listened to a song you´ve forgotten it. For sure not an essential release.

04/01/10: Randy Steinberg - randyguitar@att.net
Rating: 0
If I had a choice of having a huge boil on my ass or hearing this disc one more time I'd take the boil. I would be ashamed if I took someones hard earned money for this.

04/01/10: razzle_82 - emlar312@razzle.com
Rating: 0
Unfortunately I can't review this album yet as like so many of Roger Scott Craig's former fans and supporters, I paid him for it more than five months ago (through the official 101 South website) and have still not received it. What we have received are a bunch of childish excuses and incoherrant ramblings about illegal downloading. Hey Roger, guess what? We're the fans who still purchase CD's and support our favourite artists so please shut up already about the illegal downloading lectures.

Essential for fan of Roger Scott Craig....err that's funny...does he have any fans left after the big f**ck you he deleivered to them recently.

Here are RSC's unedited comments about the 88 fans who purchased No U-Turn via the 101 South website and never received it, nor a refund:


"88 PEOPLE UPSET BUT MILLIONS COMING ON TO MY TEAM SOON
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON HERE DO YOU????
JUST WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY FRIENDS FROM THE BEATLES COME TOGETHER WITH THE LARGEST UNION IN THE WORLD
88 PEOPLE UPSET WILL NOT MATTER!!!"


So I supported you and your music for more than 10 years and I don't matter? Just another worthless fan eh? Well f**ck you too!


"I will make NO MONEY on this new release but rather lose about $10,000 of my own money. 90% of the music out there is now STOLEN by people using Illegal file sharing sites and my new album is already available for FREE DOWNLOAD on so many sites and most musicians I know are now giving up making new CDs since 19 out of 20 people steal their music."

"I will not make one dollar from this new release, in fact I am now losing money on these releases due to 95% theft of my music online and people using Illegal sites to stiff me!! So not sure I will ever record another album until somebody figures a better way out for musicians to get paid for their hard work."

I've got an idea Roger, just steal from the 1 in 20 fans who pay for your music. Take their money and give them nothing. Then tell them to f**ck off and that they don't matter.

What a jerk!



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