Canada har brought us many great acts like Honeymoon Suite, Loverboy, Boulevard, Harem Scarem, Triumph and Haywire to mention few. Renegade is a new acquaintance for me and do not confuse this Renegade with the Swedish band with same name because these guys are from Canada and has recorded a great undiscovered AOR gem. The songs on this album was recorded between 1987-89 but was released 2001. Until today this Renegade album has been hard to get but now it?s available for every 80?s AOR fan. This album goes in the classic 80?s AOR vein which sounds like Haywire meets Boulevard with a twist of Glasstiger in their best days. The production is very good handled by Mike Fraser. The singer Marty Sippola is brillant and sounds like a mixture of Alan Frew(Glasstiger) and David Forbes(Boulevard), great singer.
There are only 8 tracks on this album and that is a shame because I would have loved to hear a couple more but these 8 tracks are high quality catchy 80?s AOR. Just listen to "Standing Out In The Rain" with the lovely keyboards that runs through the whole song. Superb song with brilliant melodies and harmonies. If you?re into Boulevard then check out "Sign Of The Time", great mid-tempo song. "Big City Nights" is another fine prove how to bring out pure 80s AOR song.
Last song on the album called "Betrayal" is an instrumental track so beside that you will get 7 AOR-songs with class. The only thing that gives this album a low point is that the running time is barely 30 minutes. But hey, you get 8 tracks that are very good and you will not find a single filler on this album. If you?re into Canadian AOR then this is a must for you, get a copy of this fine album and you will agree with me.
yeaah with a very Boulevard Sound mixed with sparks of Glass Tiger... this is a fantastic AOR album which is going to be loved by every BLVD fan because it follows the tradition of albums like the first BLVD st. and the amazing "Into The Street" with a lot of varied influences of bands like Glass Tiger, Joe Lamont... i mean, the Canadian AOR esque!!!
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