Ralph Van Manen – Language Of Love [1996]

Ralph Van Manen - Language Of Love (front)Dutch singer RALPH VAN MANEN started his career in the early ’90s, releasing a bunch of delicate AOR albums. His 4th studio album we present here recorded in the USA – is another fine slab of Lite AOR / melodic WestCoast sounds.

Ralph’s vocals are really smooth and melodious with some Canadian influences such as Michael Breen or Tim Feehan. Although with a root in the CCM territory, you vaguely discover in Van Manen’s lyrics religious themes.

Musically, all is polished to the limit with excellent session musicians doing their best, including talented Chris Eaton providing harmony vocals. There’s a mix of lite AOR tunes like “Walk Tall” (very Mr. Mister) and “All Embracing Love”, poppier in “Miracles”, WestCoast (“Forever Yours”) and more melodic rock oriented in the great “You Better Believe It” and title track.

If you like these genres in the vein of David Pack, Time Gallery and Fingerprints, but also West Of Sunset, Richard Page, Mr. Mister, Martin Stenmarck, etc, then Ralph Van Manen’s “Language Of Love” is a necessary addition to your collection.

Band Members
Ralph Van Manen – Vocals
Chris Eaton – Harmony vocals
Jackie Street – Bass
Steve Brewster – Drums, percussion
Jerry McPherson, Robert Riekerk – Guitars
Tom Hemby – Acoustic guitar
Luca Genta – Strings
Henk Pool – Keyboards, Synths, Piano, Hammond
Chris Rodriguez, Hans Sigmond, Michael Mellett, Ralph Van Manen, Robert Riekerk, Tommy Riekerk – Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Testify to Love
02. Walk Tall
03. Come Live in Me
04. Language of Love
05. Empty Page
06. Miracles
07. You Better Believe It
08. All Embracing Love
09. All I Need
10. Faces at the Window
11. Forever Yours

 

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