Jaime Kyle - Back From Hollywood

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edited August 1 in year-1996

A prolific songwriter with a bunch of good songs on her resume, some of these would reappear on Jaime Kyle's understated late 1996 release 'Back From Hollywood'.

Jaime Kyle - Back From Hollywood
ARTIST: Kyle, Jaime
ALBUM: Back From Hollywood
LABEL: Now And Then
YEAR: 1996

LINEUP: Jaime Kyle - vocals, guitar * Dale Oliver, Kenny Greenburg, Mark Williams, Paul Pearce, Pat Buchanon, Gary Burnette - guitar * Steve Brewster, Mike Demus, Craig Krampf, Jeffrey Perkins, Greg Morrow - drums * Doug Sizemore, Nick Graham - keyboards * Jimmy Lee Sloas, Randy Threet, Giles Reaves, Mike Brigardello - bass * Tammy Rogers viola * Tony Harrell piano, organ

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Best Of My Heart * 02 Everything But Love * 03 Understanding * 04 Bed Of Roses * 05 Love Comes Unwound * 06 Stranded * 07 Silent Rain * 08 Crossing Over * 09 How Do I Stop The Tears * 10 Is There Still Time * 11 Back From Hollywood * 12 Where Was I



I'm sure I can speak for many here at Glory Daze when I say that Jaime Kyle has a legion of fans: all of them male I'm guessing. Still contactable on the Net, however it's been many years since we've seen an album of consequence from the Tennessee native, so it's up to us to relive a few memories from the late and not so great 90's.

Coming to prominence in the early 90's with her Atco release 'The Passionate Kind', one can only suggest that Jaime was a few years too late in getting recognition for her talents. Really, if this album was released back in 1986 or 1987, she may have had a better shot at stardom. A prolific songwriter with a bunch of good songs on her resume, some of these would reappear on her understated late 1996 release 'Back From Hollywood'.

The Songs

I remember the attention given to the lead-off track 'The Best Of My Heart'. 100% AOR, this one lives on in my memory banks like a stuck record! Great tune. 'Everything But Love' is a galloping sort of tune, again closer to radio friendly AOR than crossover country pop. Acoustic guitar leads the way throughout 'Understanding', but it's filled out with lush melodies and a to-die-for chorus.

'Bed Of Roses' is given a revamp from its original appearance on 'The Passionate Kind', 'Love Comes Unwound' has a midwest touch, with a feelgood factor going on. 'Stranded' is best known as the track Heart made popular on their 1990 'Brigade' album, but Jaime's version is pretty good even without the Mutt Lange production.

On 'Silent Rain', Jaime's vocal moves into a slightly lower register and it sounds so damn sexy. Even if she sang the Yellow Pages like this I'd still be impressed. I like the mild hint of aggression on 'Crossing Over' especially on the chorus, and when she slips into ballad mode for 'How Do I Stop The Tears', it's easy to understand why Kyle has a strong reputation as a songwriter.

'Is There Still Time' is big on acoustic guitar rhythms, like early Heart or even Fleetwood Mac for that matter. The title track 'Back From Hollywood' could be Firefall in another decade, though it's a touch heavier than our Colorado favourites. The album wraps up with a piano laced ballad 'Where Was I'.

In Summary

Some great tracks here, which really demonstrates how talented Jaime Kyle was in the singer/songwriter stakes. She certainly has the knack of writing melodic material without ending up with cookie-cutter tunes from other similar styled writers. In the where is she now stakes, Jaime is still around but her output is not so prolific as in past years.

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