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Signal – Loud & Clear [1989]

SIGNAL_LACCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 91/100

Band Members Danny Jacob – Guitar, Erik Scott – Bass,Keyboards, Jan Uvena – Drums,Percussion, Mark Free – Lead Vocals

Additional Musicians Tom Coster – Keyboards, Eric Martin – Backing vocals (# 03)

Tracks 01. Arms Of A Stranger (4:45), 02. Does It Feel Like Love (4:07), 03. My Mistake (3:48), 04. This Love, This Time (4:48), 05. Wake Up You Little Fool (4:19), 06. Liar (3:45), 07. Could This Be Love (5:02), 08. You Won’t See Me Cry (4:14), 09. Go (3:52), 10. Run Into The Night (3:51)

Profile After leaving “King Kobra”, iconic singer Mark Free joined AOR/melodic rock outfit “Signal” subsequently recording the “Loud & Clear” album, which would since develop into a point of reference for melodic music. Released in 1989, “Signal-Loud & Clear”, signifies Mark’s departure from glam metal and the heavier rock genres to a subtler-melodic sound.

The line up features guitarist Danny Jacob, bassist Eric Scott who also handles keyboards and drummer Jan Uvena along side Mark. Clearly the protagonist on “Loud & Clear” is Mark Free who delivers yet another divine vocal performance. For that matter, the more one plays the album, the more one gets the impression that the compositions of `Signal’ mainly serve as vehicle for Free’s singing. And the songs live up to the singer’s reputation, “Arms of a stranger”, “Does it feel like love”, “Go” and the protestant “Liar” are class-A AOR tunes.

“Signal” sounds like the natural predecessor of the singers other projects such as “Unruly child” and “Long way from Love”. It has to be addressed that in contrast to some of Mark’s other works, `Signal’ is not an album to grab the listener and pin them to the wall with its musical quality; instead it will require an attentive listen of the album to fully appreciate the artistic value of “Loud and Clear”. Indeed amongst the greatest albums of US AOR.


Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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