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On disc: 101 South

No U-Turn - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

No U-Turn

No U-Turn
(AOR Heaven - 2009)

101 South are singer Gregory Lynn Hall and keyboarder Roger Scott Craig. No U-Turn is their 3rd album since they started this project back in 1999. Musically the dynamic duo is offering some AOR stuff which has similarities to bands like REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Journey and somehow Richard Marx. Guitars are played by Mike Turner, Billy Liesegang (e.g. Nina Hagen Band), Ian Bairnson (Alan Parsons Project) and David Pasillas, other guests are Chris Thompson - lead vocals on Blues Skies - and Alan Kroll (saxophone on Blues Skies). Jimmy Turner is playing bass and Hans Geiger is on drums. At All In The Game Gregory Lynn Hall reminds me a bit of Lou Gramm while the guitar reminds me of Steve Miller.... A catchy balladesque tune. The AOR rocker What Are You Gonna Do Anyway will hook you up! A perfect tune for rock radio! Another one of my favorites is Yesterday I Gone, an up-beat rock tune with a bluesy touch. Take Me Home kicks of with acoustic guitar, focusing on vocals and guitar. But the real highlight is Blues Skies which is sung by Chris Thompson which also offers a cool guitar solo and is slowly fading out with piano and a very brief saxophone part.
Okay, 101 South don't present anything new, but the songs are well written and performed. Their music is probably too American for Europe, but hell, if you like AOR la Foreigner, Survivor and Journey, then you check out this album!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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