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On disc: Player

Addiction EP - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Too Many Reasons - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Too Many Reasons

Too Many Reasons
(Frontiers Records - 2013)

After many, many years Player presented the 3-track album Addiction in 2012, now they are back with Too Many Reasons, a full-length album. Beside their smash hit Baby Come Home the EP offered 2 new tracks which both made it onto this album.

The duo kicks off with Man On Fire, a guitar-driven Westcoast rock tune followed by the slow Precious. Precious is a catchy slow tune, a rock ballad. Fans of Joshua Kadison and Richard Marx will fall for I Will.

One of the highlights, as least for me, is The Sins Of Yesterday, an emotional tune with great vocals. With To The Extreme they present another highlight, even if the song sounds somehow familiar... With Part Of Me they don't get me, again it slightly reminds me of Chris Rea - but that's not the reason, it's just... Towards the end the album lacks a highlight, but the closer is their smash bit Baby Come Back and so everything is fine, coz it will make you spin the album again.

Fans of AOR and Westcoast rock should give Player a chance, if you already have their EP Addiction, the you already know what to expect from Player.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Addiction EP

Addiction EP
(Frontiers Records - 2012)

Some might remember Player, coz in 1978 they had a hit single Baby Come Back which impressed Eric Clapton big time and he invited them to support him on his tour in North America. Now about 3 decades later they return with an EP with Addiction, but it's just an appetizer for a full-length album! If the original members Peter Beckett and Rob Moss - and their new mates - can make it? There isn't a huge request for Westcoast rock, but there are still fans out there, so...

The opening track is called My Addiction and it sounds like an old recording, it has the warm sound of analog recordings. And even the song sounds like it's from the last century, but in a positive way! Even if it is the weakest tune on Addiction! With Too Many Reasons they present another new song, it's a beautiful, emotional ballad. The refrain will hook you up immediately, but another asset is the guitar play, coz the guitar sings. Additionally they offer their US #1 hit Baby Come Back - newly recorded! It shows that this tune is timeless, coz you would never think that this song was originally recorded in 1978!

Fans of Westcoast rock and AOR should give it a try, if you like Steve Miller Band, then you might like Player too...

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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