Surrender – Surrender [1991]

SURRENDER_SURECountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Frank Sicoli – Vocals, Kenneth Hamberg – Drums,Keyboards, Michael Olszewski – Guitars,Bass

Tracks 01. Never (4:13), 02. Claire (4:23), 03. Sunrise Goodbye (4:20), 04. Nikki (4:21), 05. Feel The Burn (3:54), 06. Last Time I Say Goodbye (4:29), 07. One Tough City (4:30), 08. Later (4:06), 09. Thought You Should Know (3:50)

Profile The original album was produced in 1991 as a promo by two musicians and singer looking to secure a record deal. Their barebones budget didn’t allow for liner notes, lyrics sheets or a band bio. In retrospect, including names of the band members would have been a good idea. Some proofreading would have helped, too. And after the studio burnt down in 1995, well, there went the contact number. But somehow copies of the record got around the world and back again, gaining acclaim and a legion of loyal fans.

This music was largely written and recorded from early 1987 through late 1989, in the shadows between the twilight of the Reagan Era and the Dawn of Digital; it is very much a ghostly blast from that past, in all it’s magnificent excess and innocence of anxiety. I believe the production on this record is marvelous for being a privately produced and released disc. This is another one of those discs where the ‘hype’ surely outweighs the actual content. To somebody whose not schooled in all the hard to find AOR- my closest comparision for these guys is ‘Holy Boston’.

“Never” is an excellent opener with a great chorus line, “Sunrise Goodbye” is a good song with a catchy melody, “Nikki” has some The Outfield vibe, “Feel The Burn” is Lite AOR influenced but the best tracks for me are “Last Time I Say Goodbye”, “One Tough City” and  “Later”(this one is my fave one)… I can’t believe why this kinda of music is a boom nowdays… every melody re-ups many feelings and it worth to be add in your collection!!!


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