BOBBY KIMBALL JIMI JAMISON – KIMBALL JAMISON

Out now on Frontiers Records

Two of the most familiar voices in AOR merge for another Frontiers arranged product.   Yes the voices from Toto and Survivor are here in their pompous commercial glory.  Whilst Jamison was arguably not the best vocalist Survivor had – Dave Bickler was that guy IMO – the guy can still sing.  Kimball has on the other hand has always been a mixed bag, check out some rather dubious live Toto videos to hear the guy ain’t always on the mark.

That said as mentioned earlier this is another “arranged” product from Frontiers i.e. name vocalists picked to sing a selection of material that has been hand picked for the pair to do duets on.  So you can guarantee this sounds authentically 80’s in the hook and melody department with the production sass of the 21st century.  Songs come such songwriters as Richard Page (Mr Mister), Jim Peterik (Survivor), Randy Goodrum (Steve Perry, Toto), John Waite, Erik Martensson (W.E.T.) and Robert Sall (Work of Art), among others so its hard to fault their pedigre, and directed by the expert hands of German producer Mat Sinner it’s a good production.   But there is still something that doesn’t feel right about the music on offer.

Vocally it’s hard to fault the actual performances from a technical perspective but then there is a sense of going through the motions for the most part.  It’s all a little too clinical, too derivative and lacking in any real spark.

Frontiers are marketing this as more than a one-off project, time will tell especially now that Jamison is back in Survivor.  Far from essential its an ok spin for AOR fans but there has been much better product this year in the genre.

Rating – 55%

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