Scott Folsom - Simple Talk

geoviangeovian Earth Orbit
edited March 30 in year-1987

ARTIST: Scott Folsom
ALBUM: Simple Talk
SERIAL: BFC0669 (LP), BCT-40669 (CD)
YEAR: 1987

LINEUP: Scott Folsom - vocals * Robert Holmes, Stuart Kimball - guitars * Ivan Elias - bass * Jon Carin - drums, keyboards, guitars

Guests: Ian Hunter - piano * Aimee Mann - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Listen To Me * 02 Earthquakes And Hurricanes * 03 There She Was * 04 Red Letter Day * 05 A Walk In The Sun * 06 One Mistake (You Just Ran Away) * 07 White On White * 08 Simple Talk * 09 Flat On My Face * 10 When You're Leaving Home


Scott Folsom is not a household name in melodic rock circles, despite the fact that he'd released three albums over an eight year period.

His first came out in 1979, the second in 1982, with his third release 'Simple Talk' appearing in 1987. He obviously did something right, signed to a big name label like Columbia is no easy task. Scott assembles an excellent cast of musicians to support him.

Bassist Ivan Elias was previously with Patty Smyth and Scandal, guitarist Robert Holmes was with Til Tuesday, while the other guitarist Stuart Kimball came from AOR/pop outfit Face To Face. Aimee Mann, the voice behind Til Tuesday also puts in an appearance, as does ex Mott The Hoople man Ian Hunter.

The songwriting credits are predominantly Scott's, though he has written some material with Glen Burtnick, Martin Briley, and Ian Hunter, which all appear on the album.

So all in all, there is some heavyweight support on 'Simple Talk', perhaps a reflection on what a big budget from Columbia can do to an artist.

The Songs

Musically, it's relatively lightweight AOR, with Scott's semi-raspy vocals moving in the same ground as Glen Burtnick and Bryan Adams, though the production from Phil Chapman and Jon Carin gives it a hi-tech feel.

The album opener 'Listen To Me' is a very nice piece of work as is 'There She Was'. 'Earthquakes And Hurricanes' has that heavy drum sound, a feature of over-produced albums from that era, but is still catchy nonetheless.

'Red Letter Day' is a big sounding ballad, while 'White On White' has a dreamy quality about it. Both of these were strangely enough, written by Ian Hunter, who you would not normally associate with ballads. 'A Walk In The Sun' and the title track 'Simple Talk' are evidence of the hi-tech approach generally heard on the album.

In Summary

Overall, a pleasant workout, not exceedingly brilliant by any means, but for fans of Glen Burtnick in particular, you'd enjoy this I'm sure.

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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    According to my historical research this album did get a CD release from CBS during 1987. Long out of print though. Some discussion going on elsewhere on the net regarding this album.
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