Not His Best
Donald Ogden | Salem, OR USA | 08/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In this release, Foster seems to launch into what has actually proved to be a successful career as a pop producer. But not here.These songs are mostly weak hooks with glossy production, save for the incredible "Freedom", which makes its debut on this collection.Like most artists, Foster is at his best when he is behind the keyboards himself, doing his own stuff.Check out "David Foster", "Rechordings", and "The Symphony Sessions" instead."
Sailing down the river of love!
Distant Voyageur | Io | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Foster's sophomore solo outing (and his last solo release to date) is absolutley incredible and mind blowing! His 1986 self-titled debut album is one of my favorite albums of the 1980s and one of the hidden gems of that decade. He is also one of my favorite producers, being the creative genius behind Celine Dion's 1992 self-titled magnum opus and most recently Josh Groban's "Closer" album. However, while I really love the music he's produced for other artists, it's really his solo recordings where he has enough room to shine through the most.
"River of Love", his follow-up to his self-titled album is very different and is almost completely pop/rock music featuring vocalists. The only instrumental on here is "Freedom" and all of the rest are pop tracks. Most of these tracks are mostly highly polished tracks but they are all absolutely wonderful songs, ALL OF THEM! My favorite of them is tied between "Freedom" and "Inside You". "Freedom" is a powerful instrumental that brings a lot of wonderful memories back for me.
"Inside You" brings the album to a glorious close with a haunting ambient sound and highly edgy pop sound.
This album is just amazing and has been a candidate for one of my all time favorite albums over the years since this album came out. This album holds a lot of memories and I strongly recommend buying it as soon as possible. Highly Recommended.
Should have been entitled "Meet Warren Wiebe"
Catherine Goltz | Washington DC | 04/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has some great moments but the best tracks are buy the unforgettable Warren Wiebe, truly one of the unsung heroes of California pop music. A former San Diego bass player and vocalist, David Foster met him at a hotel in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. Since then he did many demos produced by Foster and others. He worked with the likes of Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Jay Graydon and Quincy Jones (who nicknamed him "Soul
Rain Man") Warren had a lot of personal issues and tragically killed himself at the age of 45 on October 25,1998.
Since then his voice has been heard on many compliation discs, but the saddest thing about losing Warren was he never released his own album.
Hopefully Gabriel Raya who runs his site or some of the many producers who he worked with will put together an Eva Cassidy like tribute CD. I know there are many bootlegs floating around the Internet..."