"On The Edge" is the second album from these Canadian AORsters this year. I reviewed their debut called "Back From The Dead" earlier which was nice slice of Canadian AOR that was recorded back in the 80s and soundwise it was in the veins of Boulevard and Haywire.
This new album is a collection of songs written and recorded in the mid 80s except for two tracks that were completed in 2004. Also they have a new vocalist on this album and his name is Steve Foster. He has a great AOR voice that reminds a little bit of a young Mike Reno (Loverboy) mixed with Paul MacAusland (Haywire) and Alan Frew (Glasstiger).
Even this time acts like Haywire, Boulevard, Glasstiger and Loverboy can be heard on these 9 tracks included on this new album. Another thing that is pretty cool is that you will find Darby Mills (Headpins) singing background vocals. The two new songs then??? They are both very good indeed. "Angel Of Love" is a nice slice of AOR where Glasstiger meets Haywire with great sound and harmony voclas. "On The Edge" is a more up-tempo AOR rocker in the veins of Loverboy with nice hooklines. I?m not that happy with the drumsound on these two tracks. They could?ve been huge with a better drumsound,real AOR-pearls. Still two very good songs with lovely 80?s keyboards and pure 80s sound. Other highlights are the "Wildside" era of Loverboy sounding "It?s My Life", this is a fantastic song with a brilliant chorus that will be loved by Loverboy fans and listen to the awesome keyboard sound in the chorus and "Call To Glory" is Haywire all the way with brilliant background vocals in the chorus.
Loverboy comes in mind on "Take A Chance On Romance" and "Kids Runnin?Wild", pure 80s Canadian AOR in the way we were spoiled to hear in the 80s, classy stuff. I have to say that all of the 9 songs on "On The Edge" are a real treat to listen to if you?re into 80s AOR, personally I think this is great. The main man behind Renegade is Jim Buckshon and he has come up with two great releases and I?m sure that if this album would have been released in the 80s it would have been in the same league as Haywire, Boulevard and Loverboy for sure.