|Player - ‘Too Many Reasons’ (Frontiers Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Tuesday, 12 February 2013 03:30|
Player date all the way back to 1977 when English musician Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party and from this chance encounter came the birth of an AOR legend resulting in their worldwide number 1 smash of 1978 ‘Baby Come Back’. Throughout the intervening years the followed Player’s Platinum selling success Beckett has continued to establish himself as a songwriter of some renown for many a varied artist. The group however ultimately got back together in 2003 (with Beckett and original bass player Ronn Moss forming it’s core) with at times an all star band including members of Mr. Mister, Foreigner, The Cars and REO Speedwagon amongst others...
`Man On Fire` then brings this release to life in glorious AOR style with a super fine studio production and the first of many splendid choral hooks that can be found throughout this record. `Precious` meanwhile is another catchier than catchy tune that many a modern day artist would bite your hand off to record.
The obvious (for this genre) acoustic number crops up in the shape of `I Will` and it’s a rather beautifully created little ditty with another infectious vocal performance. Tracks like `Tell Me` `Sins Of Yesterday` and `My Addiction` are crammed full of harmony, melody and vast songwriting intelligence especially on the uber commercial `My Addiction`. Again stick this in the palms of a more established mainstream artist and you have without a doubt a global hit.
Title track `Too Many Reasons`, `To The Extreme` and `The Words You Say` all keep this collection rolling along so fluently, whilst `Life In Color` and the dreamy balladry of `Part Of Me` are the undoubted highlights of this album. `Kites` is another beautiful softer moment with such a delicately crafted arrangement that it would leave many a songwriter in awe, and “wow!” those hook laden tunes just keep on coming with `Nothing Like You`, which is yet another enthralling composition.
The final track is an addition of the group’s aforementioned 1978 global number one hit single `Baby Come Back` which finishes this new 2013 opus off on an extreme musical high.
I can’t think of Too Many Reasons for any AOR aficionado not to add this to their collection.