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ROBBIE LaBLANC – Double Trouble (2021)

Requires repeat listening to appreciate. Could benefit from better production.
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The wonderful pure AOR voice of Robbie LaBlanc is back in focus under his own moniker after a few recent project outings.

This album is described as a 70s and 80s pop/rock affair and I think that’s fairly accurate. There’s some pure commercial 80s AOR, some 80s pop, some more soulful 70s pop and a couple of songs with a heavier bluesier edge.

The album is controlled musically by Tommy Denander (all guitars, keyboards and co-production), so you know the sound/production style you are getting right there. The majority of the album has that programmed feel, drums are credited to a “Michael Lange” (his only other credit is on the last Robert Hart album with the same production team), they don’t sound live to me.

Steve Overland joins in for backing vocals throughout and his contributions are always welcomed. Second track Start The Motor Running has him all over the song. The super smooth My Lips Are Sealed stays in my mind after playback.

Other highlights include the opening anthem Only Human and Good Time plus the heavier track Temptation.

I love Robbie, but I prefer his recent appearances on East Temple Avenue, Find Me and the sublime Cannonballz album.


Fans of Radioactive and the Denander sound will appreciate this and the vocal quality of LaBlanc raises the overall quality of the songs.