Boulevard – Into The Street [1990]

PhotobucketBoulevard is considered as one of the most important arena rock bands in the history of Canadian music. This follow-up album to the self-titled debut is even better than its predecessor. “Into The street” came out in 1990, melled to be their final release, as their music style did not survive the confrontation with the wave of grunge bands coming from the United States. By 1990, the band expanded their name to Boulevard from the previous Blvd and revised their line-up with Thom Christiansen on bass (formely of Idle Eyes and later with Josh Kelly,Econoline Crush and Faith And Desire) and Randall Stoll (Ann Wilson, K.D. Lang) on drums. Line-up supplement by David Forbes on lead vocals with his magnificent, clear and crisp voice, the perfect work of Andrew Johns on keys, while guitarist Randy Gould and sax man Marn Holden, came up with another high calibre bunch of songs, streamlined hooky, full of carefully contoured choruses and smoothly sophisticated arrangements.

Plenty of catchy AOR fare to be found on “Into The Street”, as the band toss in plenty of hard rock guitars, perfect keyboard driven, tight rhythms, soaring vocals and sax from start to finish. There aren’t really any standout tracks, but that’s only because they’re all equally impresive. The sound is sharp and soundly crafted as you can hear those lovely keys and jazzy sound of the saxophone to one’s pleasure, while the songs range from poppy ballads to poppy (kind of) rockers. They’re all catchy, melodic and well-written and executed with a perfect and clear production by John Punter (Strangeways, Nazareth).

The opener “Talk To Me” features an enigmatic upbeat tempo with lead singer churning along with the every beat of those addictive keyboards, followed by “Where Is The Love”, a fantastic mature AOR that will blows you away, with a great intro, a harmony guitar rhythm with the perfect mix of keys and an awesome singer, make it a memorable classy AOR song and how this type of music be done. On this record there many highlight songs that easily could be #1 on rock or pop charts for a long time such as the majestic “Lead Me On”, a superb catchy melody with a great rhythm that picks up the pace with a memorable vocal performance by Forbes as well as the brilliant chorus or even the monstrus “Need You Tonight”, a damn catchy song, with a good blend of sax (solo) and keyboards with touchy refrain and the strong power ballad “Crazy Life”,an amazing song plenty of keys, very catchy chorus, great front and backing vocals and a good rockin’ tune, shows that the band certainly can hit it mainstream with extremely catchy radio friendly tunes. “Eye To Eye” and “Where Are You Now”, had a gritty edge to go along with all that sheen, and with the right amount of push should have been a mainstream success from the years 1985-1990. Great songs filled to bursting with glorious harmonies and superb performance

from every member of the band. The driving pop rocker “Eye Of The Hurricane” is one of those instant songs you always find yourself singing, having a great tune, big backing vocals, lots of keys and heartless lyrics while on “Light Of Day” there’s a mix of pomp and progressive with some perfect keyboard passes. “Rainy Day In London” is our last track that close the album, a token ballad provided a lucid backdrop with a perfect melancholy vocal performance from Forbes that will touch your heart with his passion and travels you far away.

“Into The Street” is definetely a melodic rock classic and is essential listening for fans of this style of music.

Band Members
Andrew Johns – Keyboards
David Forbes – Lead Vocals
Mark Holden – Saxophone
Randall Stoll – Drums
Randy Gould – Guitars
Tom Christiansen – Bass

Tracks
01. Talk To Me
02. Where Is The Love
03. Lead On Me
04. Eye Of The Hurricane
05. Light Of Day
06. Crazy Life
07. Rainy Day In London
08. Where Are You Now
09. Need You Tonight
10. Eye To Eye

 

 

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