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orginal review AOR CLassics Magazine - Issue 1 - July 1993,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Taking a Cold Look (Special Edition) (Audio CD)
From Fraser Meldrum
Now were talking!!! In my opinion this is the definitive AOR album and the one by which all others should be measured. I still play this almost every week and have done so for the past three years.. As you probably know, i-TEN were basically a duo of songwriters Steinberg and Kelly. These guys have collected together ten of the highest quality cuts you are ever going to hear on a single release, played by a host of the top players from the West Coast session scene.
The title track and "I Dont Wanna Loose You" are cracking rock songs, featuring strong melody with an upfront mix of Keyboard and Guitar interplay. Conversely, "Ive Been Crying" and the legandary "Alone" are killer ballads, highlighting Tom Kellys emotive voice. Elsewhere, "Lonely In Each Others Arms" is a poignant, sparse song, based on a simple synth hook and haunting vocals, whilst "Quicksand" is a consummate slice of quirky pop-rock. Production, as you would expect from probably the best in the business, is crystal clear throughout, complementing the flawless musicianship.
Even though Steinberg and Kelly have since found their fortune composing for mainstream artists, this release remains unknown outside of the AOR community. Will we ever see the likes again? Timeless!!!