Michael Furlong – Breakaway [1987]

MICHAEL_FURLONG_BREAKAWAY1Country USA          Style AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Michael Furlong Lead/Backing Vocals,Guitars,Bass,Drums,Percussion, Lener Gousetis – Synthesizers, Rich Haines – Electric piano,synths, Rick Keefer,Kit Ebersbach – Keyboards, Chuck Ruff – Drums, Terry Petersen – Bass, Rich & Dan Haines,Neil Delaforce,Angelo Jensen – Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Savin’ The Best For You (3:42), 02. Steal The Night Away (3:34), 03. Walkin’ The Streets Again (3:52), 04. Turn The World Around (4:21), 05. Breakaway (3:53), 06. You Better Watch Your Step (3:46), 07. Thru My Eyes (3:48), 08. San Francisco (3:10), 09. When Will I See You Again (3:21)

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Profile Mr. MICHAEL FURLONG released his debut on a major record company (Atlantic) in 1985 but soon was dropped by the label. The now legendary Music For Nations pick up Michael for a second offering, almost entirely recorded by himself. “Breakaway” is pure Melodic Rock with the classic American AOR sound & style from the second half of the eighties plenty of hook laden songs, ear-catchy melodies and keyboards galore.

To my ears Furlong brings to mind Steve Perry solo works, just check the soaring “Steal The Night Away”. Also traces of Benny Mardones – both in songwriting and vocal color – can be clearly appreciated on the wonderful semi-ballad “Savin’ The Best For You”, the radio-rocker “Walkin’ The Streets Again” and the Michel Bolton-like “You Better Watch Your Step”.

Another favorite is the pumping and more guitar oriented “Turn The World Around”, always retaining the melody and keyboard layers.  “Breakaway” was the last album from Michael Furlong as since the beginning of the nineties he is dedicated to tribute Tom Petty coast to coast across the US in Festivals and Casinos. Really enjoyable American Melodic Rock / AOR stuff.

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