This is Aldo Nova’s third album, and after the dizzy heights set from his 1982 debut three years earlier, how could he top that effort?
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Aldo Nova
SERIAL: FR 40001
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
LINEUP: Aldo Nova – vocals, guitars, bass; drums * Paul Kayen – guitars * Neil Jason – bass
Additional Musicians: Guitars – Lennie Petze * Drums – Billy Carmassi, Allen Schwartzberg, Anton Fig * Keyboards – David Lebolt, Robbie Kilgore, Michael Rudetsky * Vocals – Fiona Flanagan, Peppy Castro, Michael Bolton, Bobby Christianson
TRACK LISTING: 01 Tonite (Lift Me Up) * 02 Rumours Of You * 03 Surrender Your Love * 04 If Looks Could Kill * 05 Heartless * 06 Long Hot Summer * 07 Fallen Angel * 08 Stay * 09 Lay Your Love On Me * 10 Twitch
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This is Aldo Nova’s third album, and after the dizzy heights set from his 1982 debut three years earlier, how could he top that effort? Well, for starters, give his second effort ‘Subject’ (1983) a detour. It’s not bad, but slightly offputting after the near perfect scores reached on the debut.
‘Twitch’ on the other hand, sees a return to normal duration tunes, though I think by this stage Aldo and label weren’t quite seeing eye to eye. After the scratchy theme approach and stop/start impact on ‘Subject’, this is more like it on ‘Twitch’. It is more in keeping with the debut, and contains more than an ample share of keyboards, guitar power, and chant-a-minute choruses from the vocal section.
To be fair though, It is poppier and lighter, perhaps with more commercial appeal contained within it’s grooves, and that can only mean one thing: record label interference. Perhaps what could be slightly lacking is that dynamic element, as witnessed on songs like ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Under The Gun’ from the debut.
It’s since been revealed that Aldo wasn’t very happy with the label trying to pigeon-hole his attempts at success, and after the first two albums, things went downhill until rock bottom relationships were achieved.
Hearing some of these songs again reminds me I need a severe wake up call. Take a listen to the fantastic AOR of ‘Fallen Angel’ and the keyboard tapping ‘Heartless’. Who could forget the sublime ballad ‘Stay’? Those keyboard lines are absolute killer! The power comes home to visit on ‘Lay Your Love On Me’ where Sir Michael Bolton adds his vocal royalty.
And someone tell me, doesn’t ‘Long Hot Summer’ remind one of Don Henley‘s ‘Dirty Laundry’? Surely that keyboard line has been stolen!! (ha ha). Other highlights include the ballad ‘Surrender Your Heart’, the moody rocker ‘Rumors Of You’ where Fiona Flanagan gets to chime in with her delicate vocals, and the album opener ‘Tonite (Lift Me Up), all adding up to an excellent album of AOR.
Aldo’s career waned somewhat after ‘Twitch’, as he asked to be released from his contract with Portrait, but they refused, so he sat out a 6 year stand-down period. It wasn’t until 1991 that he returned with the rather disappointing ‘Blood On The Bricks’, a Bon Jovi cloned record if ever there was one.
Even worse was the 1995 effort ‘Novas Dream’, a studio project full of bits and pieces of Aldo’s musical dabbling. I would suggest sticking with his first three Portrait albums and you can’t go wrong, despite there being differences among all three.
Rumors Of You
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