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Somebody Up There Likes Me - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Somebody Up There Likes Me
(YesterRock - 2013)

YesterRock is re-releasing Michael Des Barres' second solo album, Somebody Up There Likes Me was released in 1986 via MCA and was the follow-up of 1980's I'm Only Human. Michael Des Barres war a successful actor at that time and so could do the album he wanted to do without pressure. As an actor he did e.g. MacGyver (he was Murdock), Melrose Place and Roseanne, as well as acting at various episodes of Miami Vice, Hart To Hart, Cagney & Lacey and St. Elsewhere. But music lovers knew him as the singer of Silverhead who released 3 albums in the early 70's.

For Somebody Up There Likes Me he hooked up with producer Bob Rose. While Money Don't Come Easy is presenting the rock side of MDB Do You Belong stands for the soft side. The songs are ennobled by the horn section of Tower Of Power, back in the days horns were essential in melodic rock / pop rock - and he hired some of the best. Among my favorites is Westcoast-ish Everything Reminds Me Of You, a song which could have been part of a Back To Future, The Breakfast Club or St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack. The Johnny Nash cover I Can See Clearly Now offers sharp guitar riffs and due to the backing choir and the keyboard it has a Supertramp edge.

If you like 80's melodic rock / AOR, then this album should be right up your alley, coz it's authentic 80's - and not just sounding like it's from the 80's.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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