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Boystown - Angels With Dirty Faces

Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Year: 2005
Label: Ironhorse
Genre: AOR
Artist discography


Boystown was a five piece rock band from New Jersey during 1987-1991 that were playing in the same bars that Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi came from. They had two songs featured on the television show 21 Jump Street and couple of films as well but they never made it to the big scenes. Now in 2005 they have their debut album released for the first time. This is a fantastic pure AOR album that was recorded back in 1989 with an awesome sound. The sound is big like it was back in the late 80s.
This is an album that every serious AOR collector should get the hands on because this is an album filled with fantastic AOR-songs with a singer that sounds like a cross between Steve Overland(FM), Lou Gramm(Foreigner) and Alan Frew(Glass Tiger). If you think that FM?s Tough It Out, Heartland?s debut, Loverboy?s Wildside and Glass Tiger?s Simple Mission are fantastic albums then Angels With Dirty Faces will be pure AOR Heaven for you. I was totally blown away by this Boystown album.

They open the album with Something In The Way You Touch that is a pure AOR-song that will be a classic AOR-song that would have done big things in the late 80s. This keyboard driven 80s AOR cracker couldn?t start the album in a better way. The chorus is pure magic with lovely classic 80s keyboards and were has this fantastic singer David Polemeni been all this years. He?s the star of this album and he really shines, I only have big words to say about him.
I have not come over the chock from the first song and then they follow up that with House Of Glass that is strong mid-tempo AOR a?la Glass Tiger. Brilliant start off the album and it just continues in the same style and they deliver more candy for us AOR lovers. Boy Inside A Man is a brilliant rocker with a chorus that reminds of FM in their heydays. The lovely AOR-ballad Oil & Water is huge with awesome harmony vocals in the chorus and the melodies are just right, classy stuff.
Way Of The World is a big arena AOR-song that really hooks you up with strong hooklines and strong background vocals. The album ends with Throw Your Hands Up that is a live recording with a lousy soundquality.
This disc contains the core members of Boystown and they are David Polemeni, Bobby Guy, Joey Sykes, John Teto and Nelson Williams. These guys have done a strong and fantastic AOR album that I?m glad has been released now 16 years after the recording.
It?s always a pleasure to get your hands on a AOR albums like this. Boystown has come to your town and they give you Jersey Anthem AOR/Rock with style.

Tracklisting 1. Something In The Way You Touch
2. House Of Glass
3. Get Up
4. I Need Shelter
5. Boy Inside A Man
6. Oil & Water
7. Sure Thing
8. Stranger In My Bed
9. Way Of The World
10. Angels With Dirty Faces
11. Throw Your Hands Up


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