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A.O.R. - The Secrets Of L.A. Award winner

The Secrets Of L.A.
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 08 November 2013, 2:42 AM

A.O.R. was formed in 2000 by guitarist / keyboardist Frédéric Slama. In 2000, the first album "L.A. Concession" was released and during the following years A.O.R. released eleven albums featuring some of the greatest talents of Hard Rock / AOR. Coming on 29th November 2013 Frédéric Slama’s A.O.R. project is back with great album called "The Secrets of L.A.", featuring once again another impressive list of well-known artists that put in this CD a very high quality experience and performance.

“Deep Whirlpool”, opening the album, has a fantastic sound, energetic rhythm section with great halo of keyboards. Fergie Frederiksen's voice on display is so gentle and heavenly bottomless therefore the catchy chorus turned out so memorable. “Back To San Francisco” with the amazing Bill Champlin on vocals is also a fabulous AOR haze with quality riffs and keyboards, an 80's comeback. “The Main Attraction” featuring additional AOR oriented ether, the impressive melodic presentation and the vocals of Bob Harris attributed this song in a totally different design than CHASING VIOLETS. On “Web Of Lies” there is a true power within Göran Edman's showcase along with an astonishing songwriting following massive aspects of the guitaring and melodic sensitivity. There is also that fine tightness in the vein of DEEP PURPLE. “Secrets In The Shadows” has that fine vibe of VAN HALEN and STILSKIN while exploring the mixture between heavier riffs and atmospheric gentleness. The vocals of Jim Jidhed resembled the Bluesy Hard Rock vibe of WHITESNAKE. “Hollow Triumph” shares the grandeur of FOREIGNER with the quality performance of Mikael Erlandsson (LOVER UNDER COVER) that reserve the 80's AOR spirit along with versatility. “Stage Struck” is a heavier number, yet with plenty of melodic and memorable moments, especially with Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T.) singing at the helm. I would also recommend on “Out Of The Past” featuring Bob Harris, calmer ballad of “Voices In The Wind” with an amazing vocal performance of Tamara Champlin and “The Name Of The Game” with heavier energetic riffs in AOR climate and strong feature by Robin Beck.

This brilliant CD is full of songs that will surely have you thrilled. "The Secrets of L.A." might be aimed for those AOR and melodic Rock fans along with 80's fans, yet it would be quite a challenge for modern fans. Frédéric Slama clinched another successful record with an inspiring Rock artistic nature.

5 Star Rating

1. Deep Whirlpool
2. Stage Struck
3. Secrets In The Shadows
4. Back To San Francisco
5. Out Of The Past
6. The Name Of The Game
7. Web Of Lies
8. Hollow Triumph
9. The Main Attraction
10. Voices In The Wind
Frédéric Slama -  Guitars & Keyboards
Tommy Denander - All Instruments
Fergie Frederiksen - Lead & Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto - Lead & Backing Vocals
Bill Champlin - Lead & Backing Vocals
Jim Jidhed - Lead & Backing Vocals
Robin Beck - Lead & Backing Vocals
Göran Edman - Lead & Backing Vocals
Mikael Erlandsson - Lead & Backing Vocals
Bob Harris - Lead & Backing Vocals
Tamara Champlin - Lead & Backing Vocals
Ken Sandin - Backing Vocals
Dane Donohue - Backing Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Backing Vocals
Colin Rodgers - Guitars & Bass
Pat Thern - Drums
Record Label: AOR Heaven


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