Harlequin – Love Crime [1980]

PhotobucketCountry Canada         

Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members David Budzak – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Gary Golden – Keyboards, Slide Guitar, Marimba, Backing Vocals, George Belanger – Lead Vocals, Glen Willows – Lead/Rhythm/Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals, Ralph James – Bass

Tracks 01. Innocence (4:19), 02. Love On The Rocks (3:16), 03. Thinking Of You (4:21), 04. It’s All Over Now (4:03), 05. Heaven (Dial 999) (3:18), 06. Sayin’ Goodbye To The Boys (3:30), 07. Wait For The Night (4:14), 08. Crime Of Passion (4:31), 09. Can’t Hold Back (2:51), 10. Midnight Magic (3:10)

Profile Re-issued by Rock Candy records is the second album by Canadian melodic rock band “Harlequin”, “Love Crimes” originally released in 1980. In synch with the US melodic rock style of the early `80s, “Love Crimes” bares a similar melodic essence to the works of “Survivor” and “Aldo Nova” of the same era. The line up features lead singer George Belanger, guitarist Glen Willows, keyboardist Gary Golden, bassist Ralph James and drummer David Budzak.

Of course radio-potent melodic rock was only one side of “Harlequin”s sound. True their name, “Harlequin” induce an undercurrent of theatricality to their sound which, at parts, comes through the vocals and rhythm section on such songs as “Heaven” and “Love on the rocks”. For the biggest part, however, “Love Crimes” remains a straightforward no-nonsense melodic rock/AOR offering that could stand toe to toe with “Survivor”, “Foreigner” or “Styx”. “Love Crimes” features one of the band’s greatest hits in “Innocence”, the gloriously melodic “It’s all over now” and the intense “Can’t hold back” are first class melodic rocker that shine even brighter thanks to the re-mastering process.

Overall this reissue of the second “Harlequin” album is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the early `80s US melodic rock/AOR scene and those who enjoyed the works of the bands mentioned above. Another solid re-issue!

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By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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