Reviews from May/99


Fergie Frederiksen / Equilibrium / MTM 199675


FERGIE FREDERIKSEN - Equilibrium. Quite good.
First I had to cope with the first impression - because I remembered Frederiksen/Phillips AOR/Hard-rock album, and this is very different. Mr. Frederiksen signed to MTM along with buddy Phillips foremost hired as bassplayer and producer.
The result is good clean Westcoast music with a little touch of AOR - almost like Chicago in the mid and late 80's. I wonder if this collection of fine songs has been released then the major lbels would have gone bananas. But this is the late 90's and I the genre is not that hot anymore - but to all dedicated fans this is a must have.
On the album Fergie Frederiksen has called almost every notability of AOR - Bruce Gowdy, Ron Wikso, Tim Pierce, Neal Scon, Jeff Scott Soto, Jason Scheff and and and.....
The album takes off with a cover-version of Starship's Blaze of Love, it's much smoother than the original - but you just have to believe Fergie when he goes "I'm over the edge".
But after that fine intro I must admit that I almost fell asleep - Fergie looses that fine identity he had on Frederiksen/Phillips and sounds like Peter Cetera solo. Nothing wrong with that but it is not very independent.
He later on manages to catch my interest again though - by doing what he does so well - powerfull AOR with good guitars, big background vocals and a nice melodic tune that includes stints of both Chicago, Toto and Journey.
Equilibrium leaves me with both good an bad vibrations - overall the positive sides is bigger than the bad ones. It is a powerfull, mature westcoast album showing that Fergie Frederiksen is an important, strong and diverse voice of the genre - but I do miss a bit more identity of his own.


Promotion / Yeah Yeah / GodisPåScen AB * AOR Heaven


PROMOTION - Yeah Yeah. For about a year ago I first heard of the swedish band Promotion with their album Not for Sale. At that time I thought that this was the best thing that had happened in Sweden in years - until now!!
Yeah Yeah is simply an magnificent album. In a certain sense it has it all: Wonderful songs, fine production, marvellous choirs and an outstanding hornsection - all very tasteful.
The album start out with Trampoline and it is a very good beginning with woderful chorus and excellent drumming. My favorite is The Hunter and the Fox it's absolutely superb - driving guitars and again a fabulous chorus - combined with a thing that sticks through the whole album - good good songs, that you can hum along to for a long time. The ballads is a bit more relaxes this time Conscience Calling is a great one but the album is in my eyes most of all a rock album - don't you doubt that.
Obviously Promotion has found themselves in a typical scandinavian vein of AOR - that combines the very fine guitarbased rockier sides with smooth and clean Westcoast - and all with great songs and nice production. It's all very mature, elegant and smart - and if you liked Not for sale you will love this one.