Alias – Self Titled 1990 album review. 4.5 star rating.

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Alias

‘Self Titled’

Alias – Haunted Heart music video.

1990 release from Capitol Records.

Freddy Curci – Vocals, keyboards. Steve DeMarchi – Guitars. Roger Fisher – Guitars. Mike DeRosier – Drums.  Steve Fossen – Bass. Denny DeMarchi – Additional keyboards, backing vocals.

Artist location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

4.5 out of 5 stars rating.

Reviewed by David.

  1. Say What I Wanna Say.
  2. Haunted Heart.
  3. Waiting For Love.
  4. The Power.
  5. Heroes.
  6. What To Do.
  7. After All The Love Is Gone.
  8. More Than Words Can Say.
  9. One More Chance.
  10. True Emotion.
  11. Standing In The Darkness.

 

The early 1990’s saw the release of several albums from bands that would never reach the stardom they deserved with the albums never reaching the number of fans that they deserved, thanks to the shift in the musical landscape that was in effect.

Canadian band Alias’ debut self titled album was one that, while certainly not an unknown one, should have been bigger. The record actually went Gold when released in 1990 and garnered three singles, the power ballad ‘More Than Words Can Say’ which reached number 2 on the charts in the US and number 1 in their home country. ‘Waiting For Love’ and ‘Haunted Heart’ were the other two singles released reaching number 13 and number 18 on the charts.

The band was made up of artists that were already known in the music world. Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi who were both previously in the band Sheriff which gave us the song ‘When I’m With You’ back in 1983 from their sole self titled record. The other three members of the band, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike DeRosier, were all founding members of the phenomenal band Heart.

Curci has a fantastic and clear voice and sounds utterly fabulous throughout the record. You have all likely heard him either with Sheriff or at least with Alias on the terrific ballad ‘More Than Words Can Say’.

The songs are outstanding and simply wonderful AOR gems. The band is a talented group of artists and they sound great through each track as one would expect with the names involved on the record.

While never garnering a massive following like other AOR bands such as Foreigner and Survivor did, Alias still held their own, producing a great record with some incredible songs and gathering a rather large following at the time, yet, sadly, the record still remains somewhat of an undiscovered gem for many.

Alias returned in 2009 with their sophmore album, ‘Never Say Never’, a record that was recorded in 1992 but never released due to the rise of the horrendous Grunge era. It is a decent effort but not ever really reaching the strength of the debut.

A strong release with some great vocals and some wonderful songs, this is a must have for fans of the early 1990’s melodic rock and AOR scene.

Highly recommended.

 

Standout Tracks:

 

‘Say What I Wanna Say’.  

‘Haunted Heart’.

‘Waiting For Love’.

‘More Than Words Can Say’.

‘One More Chance’.

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