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Boulevard - 2017 Luminesence




ARTIST: Boulevard
ALBUM: Luminesence
LABEL: MelodicRock Records
SERIAL: MRR065
YEAR: 2017

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LINEUP: David Forbes - vocals * Mark Holden - saxophone * Andrew Johns - keyboards, vocals * Dave Corman - guitar, vocals * Randall Stoll - drums * Cory Curtis - bass

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Out Of The Blue * 02 Life Is A Beautiful Thing * 03 Laugh Or Cry * 04 What I'd Give * 05 Come Together * 06 Runnin' Low * 07 I Can't Tell You Why * 08 Confirmation * 09 Slipping Away * 10 What Are You Waiting For * 11 Don't Stop The Music

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Background
A much admired band at GDM are Vancouver residents Boulevard. Their previous output is considered light in the overall scheme of things (just the two studio albums plus a live DVD), but their popularity among AOR fans is very strong. It's been nearly three decades since their heyday, and only recently (say three or four years ago), word filtered through about their return to active duty. A performance at Nottingham's Firefest back in 2014 confirmed their resurrection, so too also the 'Live at Gasworks' DVD the following year. Most of us hung out for the reputed new album during 2016, but nothing landed. Then news came through in mid 2017 that it would finally land courtesy of MelodicRock Records during the third week of September.


The Songs
To be fair, this is not 1988 nor 1990 revisited. I know that statement might disappoint most of you looking for a repeat performance. And as I write this whilst listening to it at the same time, I too am a little underwhelmed. This is a classic rock expedition without touching the edge of 80's era AOR nor melodic rock as we remember it. 'Laugh Or Cry' comes closest to the BLVD of old, a pumping track, 'What I'd Give' is a wistful track veering out to the rural pastures of prog rock, gotta love the uptempo energy of 'Come Together' which looks like the team have downed a few bottles of Gatorade during the recording of the song. I quite liked the slinky presence of 'Slipping Away', but the rest didn't hit me in the eyes as I was hoping it would.


In Summary
The issue with having so many albums to choose from these days is simple. I can sum it up in one word: overload. there is so much out there, that to get past websites like ours is that material just has to stick. As much as I loved BLVD, it was in the past where they did their best work. I am glad to see them back, but 'Luminesence' was far too inoffensive to be making a dent in my aural consciousness.



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