Alias – Alias [1990]

PhotobucketI think this thing is pure brilliance!!! AOR done perfectly right! I can’t find anything wrong with the execution of this album. Yes it is slow and sappy overall, but who cares. Listen to it with that in mind.

Alias was a Canadian album oriented rock/hard rock supergroup band, formed in 1988 by vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi of the Canadian arena rock band Sheriff, along with Heart founding members Roger Fisher on guitars, bassist Steve Fossen and Mike DeRosier on drums and produced by the former member of Avalon, Rick Neigher, and the result was a cocktail of memorable songs, creating a true passion and “fashion” by the melodic rock.

In 1990, Alias released its first album, a self-titled debut recorded under the Capitol Records label. The polished album went gold in the U.S. and platinum in Canada, while several tracks enjoyed radio airplay in both countries. The power ballad “More Than Words Can Say” proved to be the band’s biggest hit, climbing to number one on the Billboard Hot AC chart and number two on the Billboard Hot 100, emerged as one of the era’s toker power ballads, peppering a number of compilations, followed by the other ballad “Waiting for Love” (#13) and “Haunted Heart” (#18) on Mainstream Rock Charts.

If this album were anymore killer, we’d all be dead…. Each song is a solid piece of classy AOR that you just can’t go wrong with, features just the right amount of keys and sizzling guitar hooks to please anyone. Top notch song-writing, great musicianship with great and clear sweeping vocals, is what AOR dreams are made of.

There are no words to describe the songs and I cannot pick one as my favourite because all of them are considered to be winners. My only Objection has to do with “Heroes”, a sad, melancholy and anthemic song that misses the mark, but worthly for the chorus. “More Than Words Can Say” is a song to dedicate to your soulmate. Without a doubt is probably as near to the perfect AOR ballad as you are going to find and is worth the price of the album on its own. At the same time, foreign composers like Jeff Paris, given a couple of important topics such as “Waiting for Love” and “After All the Love Is Gone” and “One More Chance” penned by Fee Waybill. Upon hearing “Waiting for Love” I wondered if this was something I missed back in the 80s, because this song has all the hallmarks of an 80s rock/pop song produced by Ron Nevison, Mike Chapman, or Desmond Child, soaring synths, harmony vocals and a pulsing backbeat reminding me “Every Breath You take” performed by Police. The mid paced melodic attack continues on the superb “After All the Love Is Gone”. A big wooaahhh!, came out of my mouth with the first hearing. Outstanding guitar riffs, many harmony backing vox and a totally catchy chorus will leave you speachless, while “One More Chance” continues in the same frenetic melodic rhythms with one of the catchiest chorus you have ever heard. Songs that should be rocking the stadiums of this world. One more highlight came with the smash hit “Haunted Heart”, shows Freddy’s wonderful voice. The refrain simply kill, while the melody of the song will travel you back to an era where bands like Alias rule in the melodic rock/AOR scene. The album is mainly a series of very good ballads sprinkled with songs were the band get the chance to open up “Say What I Wanna Say”, “The Power”, “What to Do”, all of which you can happily sing along to. At no time is there any fear of their music being mistaken for heavy metal, more like AOR’s version of today’s boy bands. Alias play totally inoffensive rock which is perfect for those occasions when music makes no demands. Our journey to AOR heaven comes to an end with the great piano ballad “True Emotion” and the punchy rock of “Standing in the Darkness”.

This is probably one of the best melodic rock albums ever! From the song-writing and the big production to the huge and passionate performances, every little thing in this album make Alias debut album an essential purchase for every serious AOR fan out there! Good music to remember a time when the quality and variety of the recordings were the order of the day.

Alias was featured in the Top 20 AOR Records of aAll Time, ranked at number 17. The impressive list includes Def Leppard, Foreigner, Toto, Boston and Journey.

Band Members
Freddy Curci – Lead vocals
Steve DeMarchi – Guitars
Roger Fisher – Guitars
Mike Derosier – Drums
Steve Fossen – Bass

Tracks
1. Say What I Wanna Say
2. Haunted Heart
3. Waiting for Love
4. The Power
5. Heroes
6. What to Do
7. After All the Love Is Gone
8. More Than Words Can Say
9. One More Chance
10. True Emotion
11. Standing in the Darkness

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