Smokie – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams [1989]

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Country United Kingdom          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Pop

Rating 80/100

Band Members Terry Uttley – Bass,vocals, Steve Pinnell – Drums, Alan Silson – Lead guitar,backing vocals, Alan Barton – Vocals,guitars, Martin Bullard – Keyboards, Paul Smith – Percussion, Rod Mason – Saxophone

Tracks 01. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, 02. Falling Apart, 03. Think About The Night, 04. Sometimes You Cry, 05. Love Take Me Away (Sleeping Beauty), 06. Moving Mountains, 07. Young Hearts, 08. Stop Rewind, 09. Angelina, 10. Northern Soul

Profile Smokie (originally spelt as Smokey) are an English rock band from Bradford, Yorkshire. The band found success at home as well as the rest of the world after teaming up with Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. Along the way they have had a number of line-up changes and were still actively touring in 2012. Their most famous hit singles include “If You Think You Know How to Love Me”, “Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me”, “Lay Back in the Arms of Someone”. Their most popular hit single, “Living Next Door to Alice”, peaked at No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart and, in March 1977, reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The first half of the album is better with five fantastic tracks in a row. The title track written by Alan Silson is maybe the strongest, as for the negative moment coming with the song  “Young Hearts” which is terribly produced and . “Moving Mountains” is OK but has pretty bad lyrics, so the second half doesn’t start as good as I’ve hoped for after those other great tracks. But after “Young Hearts” they get back on the track with the rocking “Stop Rewind” and the Terry Uttley sung ballad “Angelina” which has nice slide guitars on it. And Terry proves that he is a fine singer in his own right. Barton’s “power-ballad” “Think About The Night”, the 3rd track on the album is great as is his collaboration with Martin Bullard “Love Take Me Away” which is maybe the second best on the album!

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