Talisman – 7

Talisman - 7
Released 2006 (Frontiers Records)

Track List:
01. Falling
02. Nowhere Fast
03. Rhyme Or Reason
04. End Of The Line
05. The 1 I’m Living 4
06. On My Way
07. Forevermore
08. Succumb 2 My Desrire
09. Shed A Tear Goodbye
10. Troubled Water
11. Back 2 The Feeling

Jeff Scott Soto – vocals
Fredrik Akesson – lead guitar
Marcel Jacob – bass, guitars and keyboards
Jamie Borger – drums

Produced by Marcel Jacob and Jeff Scott Soto.

I get the feeling that Talisman is a band that simply gets resurrected when its members are in between projects. The numbers support this theory as Talisman has been in existence for close to twenty years, yet as the title suggests this is only their seventh studio release. Not to mention vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, whose resume includes more names (the latest being Journey) than a bukkake video does dicks.

  While spinning this CD it becomes pretty obvious why Soto has played with so many groups – he has one of the most soulful rock voices you will ever find. He sounds like a polished Glenn Hughes or a refined Paul Stanley and really is a picture-perfect AOR crooner. So it is no surprise that Talisman is a typical AOR type band – big hooks, strong melodies and a slick sound all delivered in a safe way. This is the type of music that rock radio used to salivate over as the musicianship is top-notch and doesn’t offend.

  My personal favorites are the opening “Falling”, “The 1 I’m Living 4” and the emotional “Forevermore”. The best of the bunch is “On My Way”, which is one of the faster tracks and has an unforgettable chorus. The last couple of songs on the disc I could have lived without, but even they aren’t complete throw-aways.

  If you enjoy commercial mid-tempo hard rock then 7 will be the perfect CD for you. Imagine former John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eyes, and Treat (to name a few) members playing Ken Tamplin-like rock and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what is happening on 7.


Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, March 2007.

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