AOR – L.A. Suspicion (2022)

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Since its incarnation in the year 2000, Frédéric Slama AOR project has produced more than twenty records up till now, always faithful to the classic American West Coast AOR from the ’80s made famous by acts such as Toto, Foreigner, Survivor, etc.
L.A. Suspicion” is AOR‘s new installment as usual featuring high profile guests like Steve Overland (FM), Paul Sabu, Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces, Find Me), Bill Kelly (Dakota), Markus Nordenberg (Coastland Ride), and more.
All over the years Slama proved that he’s indeed a connoisseur of the genre and could indeed make AOR music to rival the best of them. The songs works on all levels of AOR: you’ve got some hard driving rockers with finely crafted melodies and some exquisite solos. There are also plenty of delicate ballads with smooth arrangements.
Song-wise “L.A. Suspicion” is perhaps the stronger and best written AOR album to date, with attention to detail.

The new CD encompasses what’s always been the highlights of the project – a strong line-up and catchy, well-crafted material much embedded in the ‘80s AOR aesthetics.
The mastering for “L.A. Suspicion” has been done in the old-fashioned vinyl-LP way; not compressed or saturated like on modern album releases, to appreciate the nuances and instruments / vocals flow.

Slama proved time and time again with consistent releases; if songs are good enough then there will always be an audience for them. Not only that, but as we all know, many trends go round in circles and what’s hot one minute will be cold the next, only to then come full circle and become flavour of the month again.

Melodic rock has appealed to millions of people the world over; radio friendly giants such as Foreigner, Journey, Toto and the likes have always been accessible bands – existing on the fringes of heavy rock but subtle enough to endear themselves to the pop crowd too.
AOR is most certainly inspired by just about every band of that ilk, and for his new opus Slama has enlisted the help of a few friends within the field in creating another fascinating opus, providing the perfect soundtrack to glorious sun-blessed times on hot beaches and sizzling sidewalks.
It’s no coincidence that everything Slama has done has an American connection. In fact, one could just imagine some of the tunes on this new record gracing an ’80s television cop drama; Miami Vice anyone?

The reality with an album of this quality is that it’s nigh on impossible to find a flaw. Although the instrumentation does have a tendency to all melt together into one big melodic showdown beneath the palm trees, Slama has collated a heavenly array of joyous numbers bolstered by those archetypal melodies and images.

While we can all pick and choose our favourite vocal performances, “L.A. Suspicion” is a sum of many parts all wrapped up in the finest, most gorgeous melodic arrangements one could imagine when walking under the glittering stars that shine down on old L.A.
This is great music and the fact that AOR have been producing music of this quality for so many years means that this release is sure to stay on repeat for a very long time.
Highly Recommended


01 – A Smile in My Heart
02 – The Girl You Won’t Leave Behind
03 – Cold Logic
04 – Stronger Than Desire
05 – Arrow Thru’ My Heart
06 – Scene of the Crime
07 – Street of Illusions
08 – Hold Back Tomorrow
09 – Lost in Cold Heaven
10 – A Broken Heart in Tokyo

Tommy Denander (Radioactive)
Steve Overland (FM, The Ladder)
Paul Sabu (Only Child, John Waite)
Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces, Find Me)
Bill Kelly (Dakota)
Steph Honde (Hollywood Monsters, Scream Taker)
Markus Nordenberg (Coastland Ride, Pearls & Flames)
Michael Stosic



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1 Response

  1. Daniel Marques says:

    My top 3 AOR bandas are: AOR, Harlan Cage and Street Talk and with this album, Frederic proves once again why I love his work. AOR at its finest, one of the best album of the year for sure.

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