In 1990, former members of both Sheriff and Heart formed Alias and released their self-titled debut album which went on to Platinum sales and songs like Waiting For Love and More Than Words Can Say made it to the charts. So now 19 years later Freddy Curci and Co are back with their 2nd album recorded back in 1992 that gets a release thanks to Angelmilk Records.
A few songs on this album has been re-recorded by Freddy on his debut solo album Dreamers Road and later on his Zion project. Pleasure And Pain was recorded by James Christian on his Rude Awakening album. The European version of this album will feature an exclusive track - the sought after studio song Call Me (a hard to find B-side from the bands debut album). This is a fantastic AOR-song that shows the best side of this band. It’s also great to hear Freddy sings his heart out on this album and delivers outstanding vocals.
I was let down by his vocals on the Zion project but on this album you can hear what a fantastic voice he had back then. Some of the songs has stunning harmony vocals as well and the production sounds huge. But I think the album has too many songs, you get 17 tracks and they don’t have an even quality. Take away 6-7 tracks and you would have a first class AOR album in the same quality as the debut. How Much Longer Is Forever has a fantastic chorus and this version sound much better than the Zion version.
Woman Enough and XTCOI sounds like House Of Lords from their Demon Down era, good songs nothing more. Perfect World (also done by Glen Burtnick, What If) that Alias had on the Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead Soundtrack is a pure magic, what an awesome song. Who Do You Think You Are is another highlight of the album. This is a brilliant AOR-rocker with fantastic melodies and a strong chorus.
It may not have as many highlights as the debut but there are enough tracks that will please you. A great album that should have already been released back in 1992. Hopefully the fans are still out there because this is an album filled with great Alias music. Not as strong as the debut but still a worthy follow up.