Worrall – Worrall [1991]

PhotobucketAgain one of these one-shot Canadian AOR acts and what a band it is! Fantastic AOR, the way only the Canadians and Americans can do it.
The Canadian AOR band Worrall was the brainchild of brothers Rick and Steve Worrall. Working with Jim Gaines, who also produced Steve Miller Band, Santana, Huey Lewis and Stevie Ray Vaughan, would have been great in itself, but recording in Memphis brought a whole different magical dimension to the project. The self-titled album “Worrall” hit the stores via A & M label in 1991. The single “In The Heat Of The Night” became an top 30 hit.

The record received extensive airplay and international attention, with great reviews in industry magazines such as Kerrang and Metal Hammer.
The record has a mix of pure AOR and more rock oriented style. From the opening track “Best Is Still to Come” we can get a glimpse for the quality of the songs and the exceptional musical abilities of the members. Neat keyboard parts, smooth oulsing bass line and killer guitar licks contribute to an incredible AOR tune, followed by my personal anthem and album’s highlight “Shadow of a Life”. A song to be heard in full blast, beginning with sparkling melodic keyboards ending to a grat guitar solo and an ultra catchy chorus that will blown you away. A song that need to be played loud. The melodic surge continues on the very racy “I Can’t Stop”, with its powerful and catchy chorus supported by exceptional melodic guitar riffs and very nice keys on the back, punctuated by track “Hard Times”, having a hardly synth-pop style I can say and sounding very close to fellow Canadians The Works.

“Catch Me” is a heartfelt power ballad, featuring Sean Lane on guitars with a bit of a kick in it guitarwise and a touchy refrain while “Take a Look Around” has a slight new country twang to it but still highly melodic though. The band oozes from quality as we can hear on “Heat of the Night”, where harmony guitar riff cooperate incredibly with atmospheric sparkling keys while the astonished voice of Steve giving us a memorable and catchy chorus to die for. Worrall surprising us once again cover the late Van Stephenson’s “Suspicious Heart”, and do a very commendable version too. Great work on keys especially. The mid tempo “You Know” with great rhythm guitars and harmony vocals, the lightweighted “Summertime Radio” where sound bright and breezy and the blues/jazz workout “Ordinary Man” with its little smoothy groove, where everyone chimes in and gives their two bobs worth musically, closing the record.

It’s smooth AOR, well produced, and contains enough gruff and grunt to interest the harder rocking fans out there. Perhaps one of the most underrated AOR albums I can think of. Well worthy of a place in your collection.

Band Members
Steve Worrall – Lead vocals, guitars
Rick Worrall – Lead vocals, keyboards
Chris Brockway – Bass
Big Mac – Drums

Additional Musicians
Sean Lane – Additional guitars
Angelo Earle – Additional Guitars
Jim Spake – Saxophone
Jimi Jamison – Backing vocals
Don Garbutt – Keyboards
Felton Pilate – Keyboards, backing vocals

Tracks
1. Best Is Still to Come
2. Shadow of a Life
3. You Know
4. Summertime Radio
5. Catch Me
6. Take a Look Around
7. Heat of the Night
8. I Can’t Stop
9. Hard Times
10. Suspicious Heart
11. Ordinary Man

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