Posts Tagged ‘Foreigner’

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Release Reminder : Foreigner “Can’t Slow Down”

March 1, 2010

Released today – Our summary was:

All in all; a very repayable and instantly classic Foreigner album…  If you like the band, you won’t be disappointed and if you haven’t tried them, it won’t put you off and will probably make you wanna listen to more…  Think Journey and Kansa and bands like that; if that’s you (which it is me) buy it. 9/10

TheIronEagle

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Foreigner : Can’t Slow Down

February 15, 2010

I can’t say I was overly excited about the prospect of a new Foreigner release.  I always feel bands let themselves down the longer they keep going past their prime, or what can be conceived as their prime logically (i.e. when they were most popular).

Happily, my doubts were in vein.  It is a very, very good release…  I find myself absolutely loving the album.  In some ways it is very typical Foreigner, and in others it is very different.  The tones and pace are quintessential to the band’s repertoire, but some of the delivery is much modernised and verges at points on rhythm and blues, more so than they ever have.  Even more surprising is that they have some songs that are potential hit makers in this album, of course maybe not in the UK market where the current hit makers tend to be poppy, “R’n’B” shite (unless it’s a hit as part of a protest of course ;)).

The title track is very much old school, think “Long, Long Way From Home”.  Starts dark then picks up speed…  Superbly mastered and a great tone setter for the rest of the album.  Oddly followed by “In Pieces” which is not typical Foreigner at all which is just brilliant.

“Give Me A Sign” is the most standout hit maker, possibly not the best track on the album but very well written and set out with some good use of brass to lighten the tone.  Kelly Hansen’s vocals are smoother than ever and have a much easier and adaptable edge, hence this being a potential top 40 entry.

“Living In A Dream” is a movie soundtrack-esc song with some great pace and nice guitar work that’s subtle, it’s a very cheesy anthem that could be sung by the likes of the Glee! Cast… But for me that ain’t a bad thing if I’m being honest, I think Rock had some of its best tracks when bands forgot the pretence of looking tough and hard, it’s great to get an album that just feels set for the romantic tones that aren’t based solely on sex.

Check out “Fool For You Anyway” for some really different music that feels very old school Motown.  I’m not 100% on this track, but it fits well as an ender to what is a power-ballad power-house.

All in all; a very replayable and instantly classic Foreigner album…  If you like the band, you won’t be disappointed and if you haven’t tried them, it won’t put you off and will probably make you wanna listen to more…  Think Journey and Kansa and bands like that; if that’s you (which it is me) buy it.

9/10

TheIronEagle

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Foreigner Releasing New Album on March 1st!

February 6, 2010

FOREIGNER CAN’T SLOW DOWN”

Everyone knows more Foreigner than they think… classics such as “Cold As Ice”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and the number 1 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” have cemented the band’s status one of the most popular rock acts ever.  Foreigner‘s mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

And after racking up 70 million album sales worldwide, they now have a brand new studio album “Can’t Slow Down” – their first for 15 years!
Can’t Slow Down’ is released 1st March on Edel’s international rock and pop label, earMUSIC. The album features 13 brand new songs and is produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith/Buckcherry) and celebrated Grammy Award winning producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse).

This is an album that grabs you from the outset, with straight rock opener “Can‘t Slow Down,“ which stands strong beside melodic mid-tempo songs such as “Angel Tonight“ and “Too Late“ and beautiful ballads “When It Comes To Love” (one of the strongest tracks on the album and surefire hit) to the last chord of the Ronson production “Fool For You Anyway”.

Founder member Mick Jones – lead guitars and vocals – is joined by Kelly Hansen on lead vocal (ex Hurricane); Tom Gimbel (long term touring with Aerosmith) on guitar, saxophone, flute and backing vocals; on keyboards, Michael Bluestein (Stevie Nicks, Enrique Iglesias and Anastacia); Jeff Pilson (ex Dokken, Dio and MSG) on bass; and on drums, Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Slash‘s Snakepit, Glenn Hughes, Billy Idol).

Of the album and the line up, Mick Jones (the band’s founder and legendary songwriter/guitarist) says, “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide.  Unwittingly, we’ve weaved into the fabric of people’s lives and this new line-up is working extremely hard to live up to the high bar that was set years ago. This is the most dynamic line-up that we’ve had since the early days.”

Available on CD, “Can’t Slow Down” is also available as part of a 2CD/1DVD set (Disc 1: Can’t Slow Down Studio Album, Disc 2: Foreigner Live Disc 3: DVD featuring live footage, backstage footage and interviews) in 5.1 sound, and Collectors Edition which features signed 7” vinyl & CD.

The full look at the new release will be online on the 15th (00:01am 15/02/2010 UK time), for the first impressions of this album be the first to check out the review and leave your comments…

TheIronEagle