Akira Kajiyama + Joe Lynn Turner
Fire Without Flame
I'm glad to see that AOR Heaven has picked this up for Europen release as fans of Joe Lynn Turner deserve to have access to this without the exorbitant Japanese import price.|
And secondly – while this is an enjoyable record – I don't think it's a classic worthy of that Japanese price tag.
So, the European release is a much better proposition and is something that all JLT fans should pick up.
Joe is definitely the key to the enjoyment of this record. He supplies much of the album's music – all lyrics and melodies and Akira supplies the musical backing and structure.
The music is of a style JLT fans will certainly be comfortable with – very commercial, 80s influenced melodic rock.
Akira previously played with Joe and Glenn Hughes live with HTP, so he knows Joe's vocal moves well and therefore this record covers a little of everything we know Joe for – melodic rock, HTP style blues and some classic hard rock.
The albums rocks in places – the opening track One Day Away, Looking For Trouble, Down & Dirty the Rainbowesque double time pace of Survival; then there are also a couple of fine ballads in Heart Against Heart and Forever Changed and a mid-tempo melodic rocker in the title track Fire Without Flame.
Of course there is a little showcase for the blues with Bad Feeling and the boogie of License To Kill.
The one thing I don't like about the record is the guitar tone. I don't think it does the material justice and sounds pretty hollow in places. When the record is more or less a solo album for a well-known guitarist, it might be a good idea to ensure that part of the record sounds as good as is possible.
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