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Jimi Anderson Group – ‘Long Time Comin’’

posted 18 Jan 2017, 12:20 by Paul Woodward

(Pride and Joy)

Review By Woody

Scottish vocalist Jimi Anderson has been around for quite some time but has never had that break that would have propelled him into the limelight. Given his history and experience, I’m surprised that this is his first album! Also, given the fact he has an outstanding voice it beggars belief that a break never came when he was a younger.

What he gives us with this aptly titled album Long Time Comin’ is a collection of songs in a very early AOR vein with touches of classic rock in the mix. It’s clear Anderson is influenced by Foreigner and has a touch of Lou Gramm to his vocals and delivery. I also hear touches of Fleetwood Mac and even Dire Straits in the songs, but there is a heavy dose of American style late seventies AOR in there too.

The album has swaggering rockers, atmospheric ballads, commercial radio friendly songs all written with a keen ear for hooks. It’s an album that sweeps over you quite gently and is an album which you’ll put on frequently to relax to. It’s also an album which has a broad appeal so whether you like rock or not this album could be played without annoying or offending anyone’s particular musical tastes.

Although I do find some of the early AOR bands an acquired taste as many of them tinkered with prog structures and over indulgences, I found Anderson sticks to the elements that were good about that era, Commercial, smooth and lifting. ‘Spread It All Around’ would have been a sure-fire radio hit back in the day with its catchy vocal hook. Rocker ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ is pushing to be an Anthem and the massive chorus on ‘Higher and Higher’ makes it instant and memorable. I’m sure genre fans will gravitate towards the smooth and atmospheric ballad ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ as one of the stand out tracks.

It’s a decent album, very enjoyable and pleasing even though it’s not going to set the world alight outside of melodic rock circles. If you’re into the early AOR bands from the late 70’s you’re going to really take to what Anderson has created here and with his top notch vocal abilities making it a very memorable album for you.

Track Listing: Same Old Song / Let’s Get Serious / Spread It All Around / Feel Like Letting Go / Better This Way / Welcome to the Revolution / Higher Than Higher / Long Time Comin’ / Where Do We Go From Here / Necessary People / Best For Me / Oh Why

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Feel Like Letting Go