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    I need to preface this with saying I had just got done listening to most of TobyMac’s new album, which has a very hiphop flavor, so transitioning to this took a few songs and I had to go back and start over. While I do like TobyMac, this album is far more my style. Overall, I liked it alot. As you can see, I mention an 80’s sound frequently and I mean that as a very good thing.

    Fall From the Grace of Love – Suits his voice, a kind of music I like, somewhere between 80’s pop and today’s country. Nice harmonies. A good sing-along song.

    Girls in Black – More of a rock sound, kind of predictable. Very much an 80’s rock sound.

    Wash Away – Talks about moving on from yesterday. Good lyrics with a nice rock track, nice combination of electric and acoustic guitar. Again, has an 80’s rock/pop sound. The ‘wash aways’ just before the three minute mark aren’t doing it for me, and seem to be synth-enhanced. The rest of the song is pretty good.

    I Believe In You – Nice rock ballad. More nice harmonies. Again, an 80’s rock ballad sound. I like the lyrics. He has the voice for it. Another good sing-along song.

    You Don’t Have Me – Another predictable rock track (not necessarily a bad thing). Almost an 80’s Hair band sound. Other than that, no comment.

    Money – ‘Never easy come, just always easy go’. You got that right! Definitely lyrics most people can relate to. Nice guitar.

    Someday – Not as good of a match for his voice, but he still does a good job with it. I can’t decide what I think of this song. I concentrated on the lyrics a lot. Lyrics a person can relate to, but on the other hand, it seems like one of those situations where sitting around and waiting for ‘someday’ is a waste of time and a person just needs to move on. (Yes, I did learn that the hard way).

    Heal Me – I like the percussion. Song has some soul to it and some sort of tribal thing going on. Nice guitar, too. A very different song and not at all predictable. I read a review that said this was the best song on the album, but I prefer FFTGOL. This one had a lot of work put into it, though, and it shows.

    Over You – Heartfelt is the word that comes to mind. He just kinda lays it right out there. There were moments where I thought I might cry. If you have anyone in your life that you aren’t over yet and should be, have a tissue handy. It’s a nice acoustic number. I would like to hear this one live.

    Road To Forever – Nice harmonies. Great acoustic beginning, then some serious guitars and drums kick in. Definitely hard rock and again with an 80’s flavor.

    Life’s Lullaby – I like hearing a great guitar player show off on acoustic. I guess growing up listening to Roy Clark will do that. It’s an interesting song. At first I wondered at his odd breathing ‘break’ in the middle of the word ‘lullaby’, but after a while I could see it was very intentional. It was hard to really follow the lyrics because I was concentrating on the guitar.

    Give My Life – Some serious rock and roll and right after the above song, a bit of an eye-opener. Interesting lyrics, even if they are repetitive. Who you might be giving your life to as you sing along is open to your own interpretation. I can see myself singing this song in the shower a lot. Don’t worry, my neighbors are far away

    She Runs Free (Bonus Track) – Another perfect 80’s rock sound.
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    Default Re: Celebration of Road To Forever

    Nice review!

    My fav is Girls In Black as I'm a classic rock purist and love that hard rock guitar sound.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WalshFan88 View Post
    Nice review!

    My fav is Girls In Black as I'm a classic rock purist and love that hard rock guitar sound.
    Oh, and you're a guy!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VAisForEagleLovers View Post
    Oh, and you're a guy!!!!
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    Thanks for starting this thread, VA. We must be reading each other's minds - I had planned on starting this tonight myself, so glad you did it.

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    Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it, Dreamer!
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    VA - I've only listened to Road To Forever online about 3 times in its entirety so I can't really do a song-by-song review. I can just repeat some of what I said about it in another thread.

    My initial impression was that it is a pretty good album and I definitely prefer it to Airborne. For the most part, I thought the songs are very 'listenable' and pleasant. A couple of songs on it I liked a lot - Fall From Grace and I Believe In You. I wanted to go back and give Over You another listen since several folks had mentioned it as a standout, but it's already been taken down. One complaint is something that I often have about albums - I would have preferred more variety in the songs. My biggest disappointment is that I think I was expecting a rockier sound from this 'guitar god' instead of mostly light mid-tempo stuff. I was just hoping Felder would have taken more opportunities to showcase his unique talents that he is best-known for. But I guess he wanted to go in a different direction and that is certainly his prerogative. I wish him success and hope it does well.

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    Default Re: Press and Discussion about Felder's New Album "Road to Forever"

    I'm getting back on topic & now that I've had a chance to really listen to this album. I'm going to give my review, song by song!

    FALL FROM THE GRACE OF LOVE: I love the lyrics to this song & the great harmonies. I do believe I hear Graham Nash on this song. It's catchy too.

    GIRLS IN BLACK; There is a harder rock guitar on this that I love & this is more like what I was expecting from him. Love his gritty voice on this too.
    Nice guitar solo

    WASH AWAY; Another favorite on the album with great harmonies Also nice guitar work here

    I BELIEVE IN YOU; Love the softer side of him on this one

    YOU DON"T HAVE ME; Whoever this song may be about, it doesn't really bother me, It's s little on the dark side, but OK

    MONEY; This isn't one of my favorites but ok, some nice guitar riffs

    SOMEDAY; I like Felder's vocal on this one

    HEAL ME; Another softer song with nice lyrics& some nice guitar work, I like the ending with the Jamaican vibe

    OVER YOU; Another personal song Heartfelt with a nice vocal. Shows a higher range in his voice here

    ROAD TO FOREVER; Reminds me of a CSN type of song. I like it a lot

    LIFE'S LULLABY; Another mellow song. Love his soft voice on this sweet song

    GIVE ME LIFE; Love this one. I like the mix of the softer vocal with some harder edge guitar.

    Overall, the album is a lot more mellow than what I thought it would be. favorite songs are Fall From Grace, Girls In Black, & Wash Away.

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    Default Re: Celebration of Road To Forever

    I've finally had a chance to listen and just a couple points I wish to make.

    I see that Dreamer mentioned this already but I'd like to add that I also was expecting it to be a little more rock oriented for some reason. Was a bit disappointed that it wasn't.

    As for favorite song(s), one stands out for me, and that's Wash Away. Had I not already known who was harmonizing on it with Don, it wouldn't have taken me but a few seconds to figure it out. Tommy's voice is so distinctive. Really like it!!
    He sings it high, he plays it low

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    Default Re: Celebration of Road To Forever

    VA, One question?? I saw that you mentioned that many of the songs seemed to have a vibe from the 80's. I really don't see that. I think Felder's songs are more modern & kind of mellow. I see the 80's as the "Hair band rock" & the "pop" era. I'm not really feeling that from Don's album. Just curious as to why you think it has an 80's sound?

    If anything it's more of a throwback to the mellow harmonies of the 70's mixed in with a bit of his rock guitar work, but I do think he could have used more rock guitar & less of that mellow harmony sound....JMHO

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