Fortune - 2019 II
SERIAL: FRCD 947
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: L.A (Larry) Greene - vocals * Richard Fortune - guitars * Mick Fortune - drums * Ric Rat - bass * Mark Nilan - keyboards
TRACK LISTING: 01 Don’t Say You Love Me * 02 Shelter Of The Night * 03 Freedom Road * 04 A Little Drop Of Poison (For Amy W.) * 05 What A Fool I’ve Been * 06 Overload * 07 Heart Of Stone * 08 The Night * 09 New Orleans * 10 All The Right Moves * 11 Livin' In A Dream World (Live) (Japan Bonus Track)
In 2019, we really couldn't pass the year by without mentioning the great L. A band: Fortune.
Like a few bands from around the mid 80's era, Fortune have become somewhat of a posterchild for this website, and it's great to see 3/5th's of the original band back in action, minus Irish keyboardist Roger Scott Craig and the late Bobby Birch (bass).
Fortune had been kicking around in recent times, and their popularity in Europe was assured after the run of both associated bands from the 90's and early 2000's: Harlan Cage and 101 South; so that an eventual hookup with Italian label Frontiers some two decades later was inevitable.
The pre-release material for this album has been bashing about on the Net for some weeks now, and it certainly whet the appetite for more. But what's the overall verdict?
Well, after all that, I can only say that the album came across as slightly underwhelming. It just didn't hit me in the head as I was hoping it would.
Perhaps we've been spoilt by the excellent production jobs on the previous album, even the Harlan Cage albums were crystalline by comparison.
However, I will say this; the songwriting and lyrics are just as compelling as they were before. Larry Greene has a wonderful construct which adds to the quality of the songs.
That there is no doubt, but songwriting is only one element of a song, musicianship and delivery are other factors too.
In that regard, where the songs show a depth of character, they seem to stand out a bit more. Compositions such as 'Shelter Of The Night', 'Freedom Road', the emotive 'A Little Drop Of Poison' and 'Heart Of Stone' are the standouts here.
They didn't quite bring the whole package together on this one, but after being out of commission for so long, I can cut them some slack.
Worth a listen and good to see them back in action.
VideoFortune - Freedom Road
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