Via one song at Youtube I was tipped off by this album a while back, and here you’ll get the full album reviewed. SAME SAME was a 2-piece consisting of (or centred around) siblings GERTY SEDLMAYR (lead vocals) and OTTO SEDLMAYR (keys, production) from Austria. Any fan of soft AOR will be eager to hear this gem, since it is among the best “new/unknown” albums I’ve come across over the past few years. There are even some westcoast vibes in a few songs.
They were of course added by a number of other musicians: drummers Didi Constanz, Hanno König and Tommy Schobel, sax player Toni Heidegger, bass player Joachim Schöpf, Klaus Bachmayer (one vocal duet), Charly Bonat (guitar), Hanno König (drums), Günter Bonat (perc) and Charly Nasswetter (bass).
The mix of soft AOR and some westcoast vibes are clear in “Why did you quit”. There is also the very soft and dreamlike ballad “For a friend” with lots of feeling; this is the duet with Gerty and Klaus Bachmayer. Pure top notch female fronted AOR is heard in the awesome “Breakin’ up” (you can find it on YouTube), and more westcoast and almost slightly jazzy vibes are heard in the final song “Just another day”. Talking soft songs; the AOR ballad “Stronger than before” is really good and could have been done by BERLIN or QUEEN OF SPADES. Those two bands are actually quite good comparisons to this CD, even though there are moments when the sound of SAME SAME is slightly “heavier”.
Almost every song is really good, and the production is absolutely really good since this is a small label’s release and probably not the biggest budget you could wish for. This is a really good album for you soft AOR:sters out there.
(SAME SAME “Ready to go”, Egal Records CD 85040, Austria 1991)