BLANC FACES – Blanc Faces [Japan Edition +1] Out Of Print
After new awesome Find Me album appeared yesterday, I think it’s time to feature at this blog the essential two BLANC FACES albums. The band’s self-titled debut “Blanc Faces” is simply awesome. This Japan Edition includes an exclusive bonus track.
For an AOR / melodic rock lover this type of release is like a dream come true.
Brothers Robbie and Brian LeBlanc go way back as a recording unit as they released an album, which has become something of a cult classic, under the name Fury back in 1985.
It took 20 years for their comeback under the Blanc Faces moniker, but boy… well worth the wait!
“Blanc Faces” was the best AOR album of the year when released, one of the best of the decade, and simply put, one the best in the genre’s history.
From songwriting to production sound “Blanc Faces” takes you back to the glory days of Survivor, Foreigner, etc via its wonderful, uplifting sweet melodies and catchy choruses. Credit to Brian and Robbie who between them wrote all the tracks included and across the twelve songs there is seldom a let up in quality and class.
Opener ‘Here’s To You’ already shows what this album is all about: hooks, catchy guitars, swirling keys and Robbie’s smooth voice.
That pristine Foreigner 1984 sound is back with ‘Edge Of The World’, the terrific midtempo AOR of “We’ll Make The Best Of It” seems taken off 38 Special ‘Strength In Numbers album, while the precious ballad ‘Stranger To Love’ is an ode to elegance akin Bad English / Alias.
‘Turn This World Around’ brings to mind 1990 Bad Company / Brian Howe, then ‘It’s A Little Too Late’ send shivers down your spine with guitar / melody bringing to mind The Storm.
You simply can’t take off your mind ‘Sorry For The Heartache’, you’ll be humming its chorus all day.
This not easy to find Japanese Edition includes as bonus the non-album track ‘When The World Comes Down’, a slow, delicious melodic piece.
As said above, “Blanc Faces” is one of the best AOR albums in history, regardless its time of release.
This is AOR of the highest caliber in this modern age, a MUST HAVE in your collection.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Here’s To You
02 – Edge Of The World
03 – We’ll Make The Best Of It
04 – Stranger To Love
05 – Turn This World Around
06 – It’s A Little Too Late
07 – Staying Power
08 – Where Do I Go From Here
09 – Beneath This Heart
10 – Pray For Me
11 – Sorry For The Heartache
12 – We Will Rise
EXCLUSIVE JAPAN BONUS TRACK:
13 – When The World Comes Down
Robbie Lablanc – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Brian La Blanc – Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Butch Taylor – Lead Guitar
Jeff Batter – Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Kyle Woodring, Tony Archer – Drums
Out Of Print: