|Oni Logan Stranger In A Foreign Land||LMC / Indie|
I'm quite the fan of Oni Logan. His work on the first Lynch Mob album was stupendous and I always thought his subsequent absence from the hard rock scene (apart from the very late released Violet's Demise opus) was nothing short of a crime.|
In 2006 Logan finally returns, albeit in a form few fans will expect.
My first impression of this album was that it reminded me of Europe frontman Joey Tempest's first solo album and the path it took away from his usual fare.
Oni Logan takes that same musical path – that stripped back, earthy mid-western sound – and continues on walking, right into southern rock and country. On the way he passes Henry Lee Summer and Tom Petty and perhaps just by-passes John Cougar.
Where Oni concentrates on the mid-western theme he delivers some enjoyable pop/rock tracks that fans of that debut Joey Tempest album and easy going Henry Lee Summer will definitely appreciate.
Musically speaking the acoustic guitar plays the dominant role, but this remains a full band exercise.
When Will You Hear Me, The Long Road and the rockabilly Bring Back The Days are all very fine songs. Stranger In A Foreign Land continues the country tinged rock and one senses that Oni could perhaps be pulling off that all-too-hard transformation to stand alone solo artist.
The ballad Blue Jean is a duet with Bekka Bramlett and is pure country through and through and may be too far to the left of what fans want from Oni.
Monster In The Sea returns to the mid-western feel, and Walking Through A Winterland takes a slow, but haunting path.
I Remember Hollywood is a highlight of the last quarter of the album before another country ballad kills the closing moments. The album's impressive line-up includes Michael Voss and Don Airey and even a guest spot from Steve Lukather.
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