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Blue Tears The Innocent Ones AOR Heaven
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Produced By: Gregg Fulkerson

Running Time: 50.49

Release Date: April 10

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Rock

Links: AOR Heaven
82%
Songs: 88%
Sound: 75%
Blue Tears are back in name at least.
The famous Blue Tears debut saw the band attract a fan base that would follow them long after the dust had settled on their one and only album.
As unreleased demos and rarities leaked over the years, they became a hot ticket item and were heavily traded and even sold at high prices via E-bay.
In 2003 Gregg Fulkerson resurfaced fronting the more modern rock aligned Attraction 65. Their debut album was immaculately produced and deserved wider attention, but the hard core Blue Tears fans were left wishing for a return of the old sound.
In 2005 Gregg dealt with the increasing issue of bad sounding BT bootlegs and signed to Suncity Records Australia for a set of CDs that saw those old classic tracks released finally in CD quality.
With the enthusiasm for getting those tracks into the public domain came a desire to return to the classic Blue Tears sound with a brand new record. The Innocent Ones is the result.
This is an album of 14 tracks that does for the most part return to the classic style and concept that Blue Tears originally was.
The big choruses, the Def Leppard style instrumentation and the Bon Jovi/Bruce Springsteen influenced lead vocal all make a welcomed comeback. But, there is one key ingredient of the original release missing. The big production.
Yes, the songs sound big that's their nature and the way they are delivered and yes, the strength of most of the songs featured here is not in dispute. But the album's production leaves a lot to be desired. At times it sounds like the music was rushed and feels incomplete.
Perhaps it is the lack of any real drums on the album that is the worst offending point. The programmed drum machine sadly sounds like a machine most of the time. The drum sound becomes very repetitive and when a big burst of energy is required for the songs, the programmed beats just don't do the songs justice.
Additionally the mix is very poor. The music in general and especially some guitar parts sound a little hollow and besides the lead vocal, nothing quite sounds like it used to.
This pains me to say. I'll be honest and say that Gregg is a good guy, a friend and someone that I respect a great deal as a writer and a musician. And I don't doubt for a second that he will be very unhappy to read these views.
But it is what it is.
Sound issues aside, the album still offers some very fine songs. As stated, I respect Fulkerson's writing talent and think there is a lot of love out there for his guitar fuelled anthems of Americana, delivered in style that mixes anthemic Bon Jovi with a heartfelt New Jersey Springsteen down-to-earthness.
The album opens with perhaps the strongest song of all the new ones. Drive was born to be an album opener. Designed to be played as loud as possible while flying down the highway, the song definitely brings back memories of the 1990 debut.
Let It Rain is a little darker and certainly moodier. It features a catchy chorus and a cool guitar solo. Musically it is the missing piece between classic Blue Tears and Attraction 65.
Run For Your Life and Fast Times are both 80s influenced rockers, while The Innocent Ones is a more reflective acoustic driven melodic rocker with a great chorus and a moody lead vocal.
Save Yourself is a solid ballad, but its the big ballad All The Way Home that could easily have been a track on the Attraction 65 record and features a great lead vocal and a little extra production.
The uptempo rocker She Wants To Be A Star strangely sounds louder than the rest of the album and suffers from a rough vocal.
Gloryland matches the intensity of the opening track with its Springsteen styled fist pumping theme.
Money To Burn is also a little rough, but the organ throughout gives it an earthy feel. The feel good chorus would certainly work live.
Unrequited Love closes the album this is a moody, passionate ballad featuring only Gregg's voice and a piano. It works well.
The Bottom Line
Fulkerson handles vocals, guitars and all programming, while newcomer Bryan Wolski handles bass parts. The Innocent Ones is not a full band project and never really sounds like it either.
I loved Attracion 65. It was one of my top ranking albums of 2003. What I would have liked to see was the effort and production values put into that album, brought over to the songs written for this album.
The combination of the two would have made this album an absolute stand out in the world of melodic rock. As it stands, this will merely be a collection of great songs that haven't been done the justice they deserve due to a poor production sound.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Blue Tears
Mad, Bad & Dangerous
Dancin' On The Backstreets
The Innocent Ones

Line Up:
Gregg Fulkerson: Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Bryan Wolski: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Blue Tears
Gregg Fulkerson
Track Listing
Drive *
Let It Rain
Run For Your Life
The Innocent Ones *
Save Yourself *
Fast Times
In Your Dreams *
All The Way Home
She Wants To Be A Star *
Gloryland
Break My Heart
Silent Scream
Money To Burn
Unrequited Love
--*Best Tracks


02/06/06: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 85
Blue Tears debut is great, and its great to hear new music from this (band) again.
Attraction 65 was in a little more american touch. Ok back to this record again, its good songs on it, but its something that disturbing me on this record anyway. The drumsound is a drummachine I think?
And some songs is so Springsteen and Bon Jovi so you can think its covers, but of course its not covers.
But still its great songs on this record, so check this out!

07/05/06: Joey - jbjrsdc@hotmail.com
Rating: 94
good stuff indeed from Gregg. 14 solid songs in this day and age is nice for sure. favs songs are "The Innocent Ones"> "Let It Rain"> "Save Yourself" Jon Bon Jovi, Gary Hughes, and Gregg Fulkerson singer/songwriters at it's best! >>>>Jon Bon Jovi/Bon Jovi is my fav of all time but am not a springsteen fan>

06/05/06: Splash777 - Splash777@msn.com
Rating: 10
First off this band is dier need of a singer who isn't terribly dull. The leadoff track steals a Journey riff only to fall into a painfully boring verse which is ephazised by the poor lead vocalist of Blue Tears. I don't know how the drummer thinks that clinking sound of either his cheap ride cymbal or the stand he's whacking sounds good. I found it annoying everytime he used it. "Run For Your Life" is a Bon Jovi wanna be song. Another craptacular piece of music. But maybe the next track with be better and yes a decent song! Too bad it has been killed by this band of inadiquate talent. Skip, listen for a bit, skip is how this album will be played by most people. But I will say this about Blue Tears; They live up to their name I was crying blue tears of boredom about 6 tracks into what is maybe the worst album I've bought from recommendations on this website. If this was produced better and sang by a different singer I would have found much more to enjoy here I am sure. Some these songs are good songs but don't get to soar because of the limited vocal talents of Greg Fulkerson's singing. This is like listening to a Little Steven album. It's missing the charisma of Bruce Springsteen. There are many moments of Bon Jovi meets Bruce meets Journey on this record. All lost due to the fact that none of those great singers were apart of it.

22/04/06: Frank - fjbmoore@pacifier.com
Rating: 75
Just okay... and I'm not happy to say that because I am one of the biggest Blue Tears fans out there.

This CD starts huge and ends marvelously; Unfortunately to middle is a bunch of filler.

Where are the layered / over-the-top gang vocals? Where are all the whammy bars? Where is the slick 80's production?

This one could have been huge... If only Greg would have wrote 10 songs like DRIVE, this would have scored 100.

PLEASE don't let another 16 years go by, Greg. Give us 80's fans what we want... another S/T album!

20/04/06: scandy - scandy_a_go_go@unisys.com
Rating: 30
Are you deaf? I love the first album but this is just forgettable.
Boring songs,poor instrumentation,crap production...

08/04/06: Steven Craven - cradle1scot@yahoo.co.uk
Rating: 84
If you love Bon Jovi/Bruce Springsteen, then this will be right up your street. I bet you even the 2 bands I have just mentioned would have been proud of this. Great album and well worth having in your collection. Gloryland......great song !! and plenty more of them on here !!


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