Luley - 2012 - Today's tomorrow
1.Can’t Live Without You
2. Mountain Of Love
3. Slippin Away
4. Livin In The Night
6. Don’t Wanna See Your Face
8. Here In My Arms
9. Still Got A Long Way To Go
10. Take Me Today
11. When The Night Comes Down
Klaus Luley’s career consists of numerous highlights. Way back in the early 80’s, he was the frontman for Germany based RCA recording artists Tokyo with whom he put out three superb melodic rock albums (“Tokyo”, “Fasten Seat Belts” & “San”) that have just been re-released.
Together with Ken Taylor (Bruce Springsteen, Peter Maffay), Robby Musenbichler (JOJO), Lothar Krell and Fritz Matzka, mister Luley played American mainstream rock in the vein of acts like Toto and Foreigner and
plenty of live shows and TV appearances earned the band the status of being a superb touring force.
After the demise of the Tokyo, Luley formed the band Craaft with Reinhold Besser and Franz Keil and was very successful across the borders of Europe.
Along with bands like Bonfire and Scorpions, they were the driving force when it came to melodic rock ‘made in Germany’.
When Craaft found a home at CBS Records they were able to tour all over Europe with bands such as Queen, Marillion, Gary Moore, Level 42, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf.
Albums like the mighty debut “Craaft” and "Second Honeymoon” are still very much in demand by the true melodic rock lover and are considered highlights of the genre.
At the same time Luley continued not only writing songs for other artists (e.g. Meat Loaf) but also lending his vocal talent to recordings by Donna Summer, Jennifer Rush and Giorgio Moroder.
Now, after a break of nearly two decades, the man himself is back with a pack of great tunes written over the last few years during which he struggled to find his way back into light.
The idea of recording a full blown new album to showcase the talent of Klaus came into existence after meeting producer Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker) two years ago.
The albums starts brilliantly with "Can’t Live Without You" which is great, catchy and a genuine treat to listen to.
“Mountain Of Love” dips into mid 80s melodic power pop territory but does have some outstanding guitar work while “Slipping Away” is more uptempo and has a slightly crunchier feel.
Up next is "Tokyo” that is smooth, polished, rocking and cracking! A nice remake of the original Tokyo song actually, followed by “Don’t Want To See Your Face” that incorporates a strong riff with an uplifting rhythm.
The rest of the tracks are decent but none of them appeal to me on the scale that these just mentioned do.
All in all it's one of those albums that starts real good and by doing so raises the expectations of the listener but in the end it just doesn't really stand out in today’s very overcrowded melodic rock market.
It's good but...just not good enough I'm afraid.
Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards: Klaus Luley
Drums: Chris Elbers
Bass: Matthias Rethman
Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:02)