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Brock, Terry - 2001 Back To Eden
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on August 15 2003, In 2001 Articles , 1 Comment , 1784 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Brock, Terry
ALBUM: Back To Eden
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 061
YEAR: 2001
CD REISSUE: 2001, Avalon (Japan), MICP-10243 (with bonus track)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Terry Brock - vocals * Andy Bigan - drums * Lee Day, Randy Jackson - guitars * Frank Fogerty - keyboards * Teddy Cook - bass, background vocals; rhythm guitar * Billy Greer - bass * Mark Mangold, Jim Peterik - keyboards * Joe Lynn Turner - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Audio Life Dream * 02 I Wanna Love Someone * 03 Up All Night * 04 Native Sons * 05 Waiting * 06 I Should Have Known * 07 Back To Eden * 08 Forever Now * 09 Your Man Again * 10 Light Of The Moon * 11 Another Chance * 12 We Invented Love * 13 Coming Home


Background
What a treat it is listening to this. I've always been a fan of Terry's work, and I pined for the day that Strangeways would return to the AOR heyday of their first three albums. Well, if the Stewart boys aren't gonna play ball then let's shift camp to Mr Brock, and all of his cohorts who have helped create a solo album for Terry which stands right alongside the best solo moments of Steve Perry, Hugo and Michael Bolton, integrated with the commercial style of a band like Survivor. It's a very radio friendly effort, for which I'm hopeful that some of these will get some airplay over the Northern Hemisphere summer. It really is like a trip back into time with 'Back To Eden', and to his credit, this is not The Sign Part 2, which it could very well have been.


The Songs
The first real song of importance (one of many) is 'I Wanna Love Someone', containing some acoustic guitar underpinning Brock's husky vocals. 'Up All Night' is rich on melody and is not far removed from Survivor, while 'Native Sons' is lyrically inspiring, and for those trying to look for a link back to Strangeways.. don't. We get the mid paced commercialness of 'Waiting', sounding like a track out of the Mark Spiro songbook, followed by the 'lighters in the air' balladry of 'I Should've Known'. This is gorgeous. The title track is a damn fine piece of melodic rock with early eighties influences for which a track like 'Forever Now' would have difficulty following, but it does admirably. 'Your Man Again' is a slower piece not unlike something that Michael Bolton could get away with early on in his solo career. It was also the feature track on the Frontiers 'Union 3' sampler last year, giving us an indication of what was coming up some six months later. Some of the best tracks are saved towards the end, in the shape of the fast paced 'We Invented Love' and the sublime 'Coming Home', which could be the album's choice for a single if he decided to. Love that Bob Catley styled chant through the chorus on this one.


In Summary
Being a huge fan of Terry I am stoked to see he has an album out under his own steam, and not being a bit-player as he was in the past. Now we can truly appreciate his talent, and rest in the knowledge that he is more than just the voice behind Strangeways. This album could do very well for him as it is strong collection of tracks and shows him in a positive light, and with further output over the next twelve months we could very well see him back as melodic rock's premier vocalist.


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#1 | Jez on June 15 2008 04:15:36
Another of those releases that features real quality in the writing, but is let down by an average production job - if only this had had the bucks behind it. Song wise there is plenty on offer to keep most of us happy, 'I Wanna Love Someone' could have come off any of the Strangeways albums and is the strongest track on offer, although the quality of the rest is very high. With a top production, this would deserve the classic status, as it is, this just gets an excellent rating.
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