AOR

Steph Honde fully manages to interpret the following Arrow Thru 'My Heart, more suited to my personal tastes, it is a piece that takes me back to the Eighties; surprising guitars and a personal style, Mr. Honde's one who render an era

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5/30/2022 3 min read

Band: AOR - Frédéric Slama

Title: L.A. Suspicion

Genre: AOR

Label : Perris Records

Release Date : 08/04/2022

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Tracklist :

Frédéric Slama: Guitars & Keyboards

Tommy Denander: All Instruments

Steve Overland: Lead & Background Vocals

Paul Sabu: Lead & Background Vocals

Robbie LaBlanc: Lead & Background Vocals

Markus Nordenberg: Lead & Background Vocals

Steph Honde: Lead & Background Vocals

Bill Kelly: Lead & Background Vocals

Michael Stosic: Lead & Background Vocals

Songs & Singers

1. A Smile In My Heart - Steph Honde

2. The Girl You Won't Leave Behind - Markus Nordenberg

3. Cold Logic - Robbie LaBlanc

4. Stronger Than Desire - Steve Overland

5. Arrow Thru' My Heart - Steph Honde

6. Scene Of The Crime - Markus Nordenberg

7. Street Of Illusions - Paul Sabu

8. Hold Back Tomorrow - Bill Kelly

9. Lost In Cold Heaven - Michael Stosic

10. A Broken Heart In Tokyo - Steph Honde

L.A. Suspicion is Frédéric Slama's new album for Perris Records, the 22nd AOR work by this indefatigable artist who, for the occasion, hosted many musicians such as Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Steve Walsh), Steve Overland (FM, The Ladder), Paul Sabu (Only Child, John Waite), Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces, Find Me), Steph Honde (Hollywood Monsters, Scream Taker) and others.

As always, distinguished guests grace Frédéric Slama's albums and once again we find some truly exceptional tracks that vary between ballads and melodic hard rock all infused with catchy refrains and keyboards.

The album was released on 18 April, and it took me a while to listen to it, in order to capture the atmosphere.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to review one of his albums, I remember it was not a good review, Frédéric told me I should listen to it again carefully and after a while I did, he was right, I had not caught the spirit and nuances of that record. That is why I waited to express my opinion.

A Smile In My Heart opens the album with Steph Honde on vocals, a catchy track with a really catchy chorus. In the ballad The Girl You Won't Leave Behind we find the second guest, Markus Nordenberg, a track with a smooth, enveloping melody.

Cold Logic contains a good rock atmosphere, excellent guitars and Robbie LaBlanc's vocals are a successful addition to one of the album's best tracks.

Blues veins in the delicate Stronger Than Desire, this track in my opinion is the real gem of this work, the melody plays an important role and Steve Overland's voice is perfect for this composition.

Steph Honde fully manages to interpret the following Arrow Thru 'My Heart, more suited to my personal tastes, it is a piece that takes me back to the Eighties; surprising guitars and a personal style, Mr. Honde's one who render an era, for a song that managed to excite me, I wipe away the nostalgic tears and move on to the next Scene of the Crime that between markedly AOR sounds manages to embody the essence of Frédéric Slama's style.

Keyboard intro for Street Of Illusions, a heavier track with the hoarse voice of Paul Sabu and good melodies makes another very brilliant song while Hold Back Tomorrow has a more soulful imprint, different from the pieces heard up to now, distinguishing itself for a deeper but always catchy harmony with good guitars and the voice of Bill Kelly that he manages to carry throughout the length of the song.

Lost In Cold Heaven is another good melodic track but it's A Broken Heart in Tokyo to be yet another standout piece, a fast-paced closure without being invasive, beautiful chiatar riffs, an excellent AOR song to close an album that excels from many points of view. A classic AOR album for fans of the genre who are sure to appreciate the work behind L.A. Suspicion.

Valeria Campagnale

Frédéric Slama L.A. Suspicion review Artist: Frédéric Slama Title: L.A. Suspicion Genre:  AOR Label