Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
Originally released in Japan as Voice Mail, this album features the chart topping song You're Not the Only One. This album also features the world renowned King Crimson guitarist, Robert Fripp. Since releasing this album, ... more »
Originally released in Japan as Voice Mail, this album features the chart topping song You're Not the Only One. This album also features the world renowned King Crimson guitarist, Robert Fripp. Since releasing this album, John has performed much of this material live on his tours around the world. Two of these concerts are also available through Voiceprint - Akustika - Live in Amerika [BP226CD] and Chasing the Dragon [BP227CD]
Wetton in fine form
Mons | Norrpan | 01/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Surprisingly good album, this. I say surprisingly because normally this kind of prog/pop crossover endeavour is a complete waste of everybodyâ??s time (see "supergroup" Keats).
Battle Lines sees former King Crimson/UK/Asia vocalist/bass player tackle a more radio-friendly set of songs with surprisingly good results. Wettonâ??s foghorn tenor is, as always, a delight. One of the strongest rock voices in the world I would say, and definitely the main reason for listening to this album. Thereâ??s nothing wrong with the musicianship on this record, either, or the mighty production, or, for that matter, the glorious harmony vocals. The drummer is majestic, for example, and the Wetton plays a mean bass as always. Which is more than can be said of the guitarist, whose uncontrolled soloing on the fade-out to Jane is an abomination. John Wettonâ??s voice, however, is highly suited to this kind of poppier material, which leans towards Totoesque synth-driven rock. There are exhilarating highlights (Jane, Walking on A ir, Hold Me Now) and filler (Sand in My Hand â?" great title...NOT!), but all in all Iâ??m really glad I heard this.
But more than anything Battle Lines is a strong indication that, with the right songwriting and production help, Wetton could be a major playe r on the commercial rock circuit. Which wouldnâ??t be a bad thing.