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Zayn Adam – Love Is A Poison [1992]

Here’s a real treasure for all you fans of obscure and unknown AOR. Zayn Adam, previously lead singer for the South African Funk Rock outfit Pacific Express serves us a great mix of smooth Westcoast ballads, razor sharp Hi-Tech AOR and pure AOR gems on his second solo CD “Love Is A Poison”. Right from the first chords of “How Can I Forget You”, a delicious uptempo AOR track you know you’re in for a treat. Based on a tight Hi-Tech rhythm track and keys galore, the ultra melodic hookline reminds me of à la Chris Sutton or Nash! “Shs’s A Teaser” is more of the same while “Standing At The Edge Of The World” is a gorgeous Westcoast ballad along the lines of Anders Frandsen.

Awesome piano / string arrangement on this one which even David Foster would’ve been proud of. “One Lie Leads To Another” is another enjoyable Hi-Tech AOR track that leads us back into Chris Sutton/ John Marshall territory before sharp AOR guitars and squeals lead us into “Millionaire”. This is pure hook laden AOR which somehow reminds me of Russ Ballard or Jeffrey Ross. Watch out for various tasty guitar solos! But it doesn’t stop here. There isn’t even one duff track to be found! “Anna Can You Hear Me” is another great ballad which could’ve been lifted directly from 80’s Tony Carey album.

While the title track is pure AOR again (think Jeffrey Ross meets Chris Irvine), featuring an unforgettable melodic chorus line and more wicked AOR guitar work. With “Before The Hurting” and especially “There’s Another Way” Zayn Adam saved the best for last. While the former is a epic power ballad with fierce guitars and an incredibly haunting vocal performance, the latter is yet another AOR corker à la Jeffrey Ross / Cliff Magness featuring awesome keys during chorus time and a truly fantastic guitar solo. The two tagged on mixes are great as well. Especially the Atomic mix of the title track features even bigger drums and guitars! Trust me, if you’re into any of the mentioned acts, and great vocalists like Benny Mardones or Chris Sutton you need this awesome record in your collection!

Band Members
Zayn Adam – Vocals

01. How Can I Forget You
02. She’s A Teaser
03. Standing At The Edge Of The World
04. One Lie Leads To Another
05. Millionaire
06. Anna Can You Hear Me
07. Love Is A Poison
08. Before The Hurting
09. Look Before You Leap
10. There’s Another Way
11. Love Is A Poison (Mix)
12. Anna Can You Hear Me (Two Mile Mix)

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