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Bonrud - 2004 Bonrud

Paul Bonrud - guitars, bass, keyboards
Dave Hendricks - vocals
Paul Higgins - drums

I remember Frontiers laying all the superlatives for Paul Bonrud and his forthcoming album on the label during mid 2004. On paper it looked great. Lots of Journey, Foreigner, Danger Danger. Even the album cover is straight out of the Kelley and Mouse drawing board, familiar for all the Journey album covers. We ran a series of three interviews with Paul to get the low-down on himself, the album, and the songs. From Seattle, Paul is involved in the music business (the production side of things), and even managed to get the erstwhile Keith Olsen to assist with the production/mix on this Bonrud album. So what of the music?

The Songs
Well, if you read what some of the other melodic rock websites are saying, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Bonrud album was a load of old cobblers! It isn't, there are some choice moments here. 'Give Me A Chance ' has a nice Foreigner 'Head Games' era groove, the ballad ' Desperate Heart' is the best track onboard, and should be the catalyst in which to work up/focus new material. 'Live Your Dreams' has a nice Firehouse type vibe to it, while the lead-off track 'Leap Of Faith' has all the qualities of a modern-day anthem. Some moments don't quite work for me, but not overly so. The few good moments onboard give hope for the future.

In Summary
Despite the people and resources involved, the mix didn't come out that well from my way of hearing. A couple of good tunes admittedly (as written above), but these are offset by some average song arrangements. If Bonrud get off the mark for album number two, then I hope they listened to the feedback and took it all onboard. Not the worst album of 2004 by any means (mainly due to the inclusion of the excellent 'Desperate Heart'), but a few tweaks here and there would go some way toward warming the hearts and ears of die-hard melodic rockers.


Track Listing:
01 Leap Of Faith
02 The Phoenix
03 Desperate Heart
04 I've Changed
05 Give Me A Chance
06 Take Me Home
07 Date With Destiny
08 Once In A Lifetime
09 Live Your Dreams
10 Look Me In The Eyes
11 Hollywood Movie Star

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Paul Bonrud - 2004 Interview 3
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#1 | jeffrey343 on October 17 2013 05:18:12
I just came across this one within the last week, and I've given it a handful of spins. It's really quite good. The production is good for what it is - a low-budget release. I would have liked a fuller sound, but it does sound very respectable.

The three pages of interviews were definitely a good read along with this review, and gave good insight into the process. They did help me get into the album more quickly than I might have otherwise.

He put out a new album in 2012 with a new singer, and it is harder-edged with a fuller production. It is nice to come across good stuff that has a different sound than much of what is released these days.
#2 | gdazegod on October 17 2013 05:43:44
Thanks Jeff.. I am still to get to that 2012 release (Escape Music). Paul is one of my FB contacts.

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