FIND ME – Angels in Blue
Find Me’s take on the classic AOR recipe falls somewhere between Foreigner, Survivor, Pride of Lions, Journey, and to a lesser extent Europe, and in its own rather cool and charming way it works. Stadium-sized melodies, anthemic choruses, and airy keyboards are littered all over the record and there is something uplifting and spirited about the song material here. Granted, certain parts and sections are so goddamn saccharine that they will give you diabetes, but I reckon that is to be expected when dealing with this particular type of slick and polished music.
The high point of this release is without doubt Robbie Lablanc’s strong and heartfelt vocals that really do recall the best of Foreigner and Journey but without sounding like some cheap copy of either of those acts. The production is just as glossy and polished as countless AOR/melodic rock records were back in the 80s (which kind of sucks with respect to the drum sound) and the musicianship is certainly accomplished, so no complaints there. They could have shortened the album by about three songs to make it more solid with respect to quality, but in general the tracks are well-written and manage to keep the listener engaged and focused throughout.
“Angels in Blue” might not be something that will find its way to the record player often, but when it does it is an enjoyable and truly uplifting listen, and tunes such as “Chain of Love” and the title track are ridiculously catchy.